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Posted: Sunday, April 27, 2014 10:15 am

A new report lists WPPI Energy’s building in Sun Prairie as one of 12 buildings in the state scoring Energy Star’s highest rating of 100.

The ratings were listed in “Leaders in Efficiency: Energy Star Buildings in Wisconsin,” a report produced by Madison-based Cool Choices in collaboration with the Wisconsin Sustainable Building Council and the Great Plains Institute.

WPPI Energy’s building located at 1425 Corporate Center Drive in the Sun Prairie Business Park was constructed in 1991, with a major expansion project completed in early 2010. The 49,705-square-foot building is also LEED gold certified.

Three of the communities that not-for-profit power supplier WPPI Energy serves earned recognition in the report as well:

• Stoughton Area School District is one of nine school districts in the state in which all of the K-12 schools have earned the Energy Star certification.

• Sun Prairie was among the top 10 communities in the state for its number of Energy Star-certified buildings, with 14. Five of Sun Prairie’s elementary schools are among the buildings with the most Energy Star certifications, with six each.

• The Waterloo City Hall also earned an Energy Star score of 100.

Energy Star certified buildings average 35 percent less energy use than typical buildings and cumulatively achieve more than $2 billion in annual cost savings. More than 300,000 buildings, or 40 percent of the commercial market, measure and track their energy use with the Energy Star Portfolio Manager tool. In Wisconsin, there were 582 Energy Star-certified buildings at year-end 2013, up from 43 in 2000, according to the report. K-12 schools account for more than half of the total.

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