The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff received about $722,000 in energy efficiency incentives from Entergy Arkansas, saving approximately 5.6 million kWh of electricity — enough to power 448 homes for a year — through the CitySmart Program, according to a news release issued Tuesday afternoon.

City Smart, one of 11 Entergy Solutions Programs that offer energy efficiency upgrades and incentives to commercial and residential customers, paid out more than $2.5 million in energy efficiency incentives, representing 20.5 million kWh saved in energy-efficient upgrades to 29 school districts and eight colleges and universities throughout the state.

“When schools are struggling with inefficient lighting or inadequate heating and cooling systems, Entergy’s CitySmart incentives often can make the difference in whether an upgrade is possible,” said Gabe Munoz, manager of Energy Efficiency for Entergy Arkansas. “We offer incentives for implementing and installing a wide range of measures that can help lower the cost of electricity for these customers.”

The CitySmart Program helps schools:

  • Identify energy savings specific to their buildings.
  • Prioritize a wide range of energy conservation measures.
  • Achieve significant, long-term electricity savings,
  • Earn incentives for completing qualifying energy-efficiency projects.

Entergy Arkansas provides electricity to approximately 700,000 customers in 63 counties.

Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 9,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

Entergy has annual revenues of approximately $11 billion and more than 13,000 employees.