Winchester- How an interstate highway changed the face of one small town Facebook – a growing marketplace for local entrepreneurs When kids know best Giving some love to those dog days Junior Fair BBQ again a big success Beulah B James Senior Profile: Josie Myers Lady Indians place second at Ohio Classic in Hillsboro MVCA dominates Greyhounds in 45-0 triumph For Lady Devils, SHAC streak goes to 55 matches 9/11: Sixteen years later Gertrude Gibson Defender Bowl coming Sept. 16 Joyce A Walker Virginia R Young Senior Profile: Abby Campton West Union hosts 2017 Dragon Run New gridiron history begins for Peebles Trout, fire, and blueberry fields forever Senior Profile: Baylee Justice Lady Devils win SHAC thriller at Eastern Brown From Blue Creek to the Beaneaters Tough loss for Greyhounds in season opener Turning tragedy into hope What we learn from failure Absolutely had to get the wrinkles out Frances S Kidder Leo Trotter 41st Bentonville Festival set to begin Sept. 8 Winchester celebrates its history during three-day street fair Cruisefest returning to streets of Peebles Blue Creek- a community in transition honors its history and heritage Cuteness Galore – Winchester Homecoming Festival Baby Show Ronnie L Day Cast your vote for the Adams County Fairgrounds Nelson E Atkinson Ryan L Colvin Richard Tackett William L Tadlock Penny Pollard Wendell Beasley West Union soccer drops pair at Mason County Lady Indians go down in straight sets Senior Profile: Michael Gill Senior Profile: Katie Sandlin Royals dominate in big win over North Adams Dragons continue County Cup domination Archaeology Day returns to Serpent Mound Hourglass Quilt Square is back up again Manchester family hosts International Guests History, farming, and family- the bedrock of Cherry Fork’s community Bus drivers, emergency responders prepare for coming school year Working up a real good sweat What’s behind the motive? Rondal R Bailey Jr Thelma J Yates She’s all grown up now Scott A Yeager Soccer talent on display at 2017 SHAC preview Baseball community mourns the loss of Gene Bennett Winchester Homecoming Festival is Aug 25-27 Eleanor P Tumbleson Felicity man killed in Ohio River boating accident WUHS golfers take Portsmouth Invitational It was pretty cold that day Volleyball kicks off with SHAC Preview Night Young awarded Women’s Western Golf Foundation Scholarship One Mistake Senator Portman visits GE Test Facility in Peebles Adams County school districts facing some major challenges for the coming year Family, friends, and roots: the ties that bind residents of one Adams County village What is your strength? Just the chance to take a look back Ronnie L Wolford Dale J Marshall Herbert Purvis Great American Solar Eclipse coming Aug. 21 BREAKING NEWS: West Union wins fifth consecutive County Cup Wallace B Boden John L Fletcher Lady Indians golfers learning the links North Adams, West Union golfers open 2017 seasons This Labor Day, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Blanton announces candicacy for Court of Appeals Local student attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders MHS welcomes new principal Made in America When it feels like you’re spinning plates Bonfires and “building” a farm Lady Devils looking to take that next step 50 years of Bengal memories Ag Society delivers donation to Dragonfly Foundation Young Memorial Scholarship awarded to a pair of local seniors ‘Musical passion is in his blood’ Naylor named NAHS Principal Boldman retiring after 17 years as Homeless Shelter director Manchester concludes another River Days celebration Drug Treatment vs. Prison James R Brown Bobby Lawler Jr

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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