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ACOVSD invites community to attend Sept. 24 ‘Solarbration’ event

The Adams County Ohio Valley School District has planned a “Solarbration” to mark the activation of its 535 KW solar photovoltaic array, which was installed as part of a comprehensive energy management project in partnership with Energy Optimizers, USA and Kastle Solar, LLC.

The solarbration is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Sept. 24 at the Career Technical Center, located at 175 Lloyd Road in West Union. The community is invited to attend the event. Guest speakers will include State Senator Joe Uecker and State Representative Dr. Terry Johnson. Adams County Commissioner Paul Worley will also be in attendance.

“We are excited to invite our community to celebrate with us as we flip the switch on a smarter and fiscally sounder approach to energy management in our district,” said Superintendent Richard Seas. “This solar array, together with our other conservation measures, are going to significantly reduce our energy costs while providing our students with a tremendous learning opportunity.”

The solar photovoltaic array, composed of 100,000 square feet of solar panels, will allow the district to harvest much of its electricity from the sun. As part of the project, the district also made improvements to all seven of its buildings, including the Ohio Valley Career Technology Center. In partnership with Energy Optimizers, USA, the district has:

-Installed a 535 kW solar photovoltaic array, which is expected to provide the majority of the district’s electricity

-Overhauled the CTC’s boiler plant with new, energy efficient equipment

-Upgraded the CTC’s fuel supply from oil to cleaner-burning propane

-Replaced interior lighting with more efficient lamps and remove unneeded lamps to cut waste

-Replaced exterior lighting by going to LED technology to improve energy efficiency while enhancing building safety, appearance and security

-Installed occupancy sensors on many light fixtures to reduce wasted electricity

-Installed advanced energy management controls to provide real-time, web-based monitoring and management of the district’s HVAC systems

-Installed energy-saving features to the kitchen exhaust fans and coolers.

The project is expected to net the school district $259,000 annually in utility savings. Projected energy savings are guaranteed for three years. Funding is provided through the Ohio School Facilities Commission’s House Bill 264 program, enabling the district to make these cost-cutting improvements at no expense to taxpayers.

Solar panels at West Union High School
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_panels.jpgSolar panels at West Union High School Photo by Jamie Puckett

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