The Council Rock School District will receive $2 million for improvements to Rolling Hills Elementary School in Northampton Township, Republican State Senator Tommy Tomlinson announced Tuesday.

The grant is through Pennsylvania’s Alternative and Clean Energy Program and will be used for Rolling Hills Elementary’s renovation and addition project.

Money will be used for geothermal heating and cooling, energy-efficient lighting, automated energy control systems, low-flow water fixtures, solar panels and other improvements.

The total cost of the project, which will renovate about 55,000 square feet and add just more than 10,500 to Rolling Hills, is just shy of $22.5 million.

The energy projects are expected to help the school reduce its water use by more than 53,000 gallons, equaling a savings of 20 percent each year. It will also contribute to significant reductions in energy consumption.

“By implementing energy efficiency features, the school district will be able to save tax dollars and provide a better, more environmentally friendly facility for students and teachers,” Tomlinson said.  “I’m pleased that a school in our district is benefiting from this funding.”

The Council Rock School District found that it was a perfect time to apply for the state grant because of the renovation and addition project, said Jennifer Smeltz, a legislative director at Tomlinson’s Harrisburg office.

Smeltz also explained the district’s grant application had to meet high energy efficiency criteria and go through the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

Council Rock’s Holland and Newtown middle schools, which will open in the fall, also were partially funded by state grants.

“I would like to thank Senator Tomlinson for his continuous support of Council Rock. Without his leadership and that of the entire school board, this would have never happened,” said Jerold Grupp, President of Council Rock School Board.

Senator Tomlinson has brought in $6 million in grants for the Council Rock School District during his time in office.

WBCB’s Evan Easterling contributed to this report.