Cadillac and Byron Center Public Schools Receive EPAct Refunds For Energy Efficient Building Design

Congratulations to Cadillac Public Schools and Byron Center Public Schools!

On Wednesday, July 27, 2022 we presented both Cadillac Public Schools and Byron Center Public Schools with EPAct refunds!¬† The refunds come from the Federal Energy Policy Act 179D (EPAct) program. The program incentivizes building owners to implement energy efficient measures into their facilities. Cadillac’s $35,000 refund was a result of renovations to Franklin and Lincoln Elementary Schools. Cadillac received the maximum eligible return based on their use of energy efficient lighting, HVAC systems, and building envelope. Byron Center’s $75,000 refund came from a large renovation to the high school through a 2017 bond proposal.


The Federal Energy Policy Act 179D (EPAct) tax incentives have been offered since 2006. Over the years, we’ve worked with a number of clients to apply and submit for these refunds. In total, these efforts have yielded more than $500,000 in savings returned to our clients!

A tax deduction is available to owners of new or existing buildings who install (1) interior lighting; (2) a building envelope; or (3) heating, cooling, ventilation, or hot water systems that reduce the energy and power cost of the interior lighting, HVAC, and service hot water systems by 50% or more in comparison to a building meeting minimum requirements set by ASHRAE Standard 90.1.

Interested in learning more about EPAct? Check out the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy by clicking here.

Cadillac EPAct
Jaime Heuker, Principal of Franklin Elementary¬† and Jennifer Brown, Superintendent of Cadillac Area Public Schools accept a $35,000 EPAct refund from TowerPinkster’s K-12 Director Matt Slagle, and Senior Project Manager Craig Janetzke.
Kevin Macina, Superintendent of Byron Center Public Schools (L) and Tamera Power, Chief Financial Officer of BCPS receive an EPAct refund for $75,000.