David Kierzek Theresa C Davis Edward F Storer Ralph Rader DP&L to stick with planned closings Preventing tax season identity theft 4-H awards 11 local scholarships Peebles Elementary holds Spirit Week Humane Society to hold Radio Auction Local business partners find historical treasure in old bank building DP&L employees meet with union leadership GE-Peebles Test Operation joins the campaign about Distracted Driving North Adams Elementary recognizes February Students of the Month Senior Profile: Sydney Michael Stars will shine for the 34th annual C-103 All-Star Game NAHS Track/XC host Shamrock Shuffle 5K Associated Press names All-Southeast District Teams Senior Profile: Hannah Howard Nice to finally be a small part of March Madness The tractor has always been special Jimmy Nelson Kathryn Boldman James E Downs Manchester grad enjoys a “Super” Experience Taking Adams County patriotism to the state capitol John P Sininger Jo Ann Hayslip Harvey U Schrock Eunice G. Burgess Senior Profile: Kaulen St Michael Cox Racing returns to Brushcreek on April 2 Southern Hills Athletic Conference holds Winter Sports Awards ceremony County provides multiple walking venues Adams County parks are tobacco-free Rhoads Memorial 5K Run/Walk is April 9 Peebles Elem. Staff of the Month Floyd E Maddy Raymond A Holt Derrick Poe Spencer E McFarland Mintie F Rogers Roberta Eylar Big Time Wrestling coming to NAHS Carl Tomlin CTC students help with storm clean-up Opening the door for high-tech jobs Jack R Slyger Thomas Stratton Jr Eastern Lady Warriors headed to Final Four Senior Profile: Logan Rogers Southern Hills Athletic Conference names 2016-17 All-Conference Basketball Teams Winchester PD continues assault on drugs Alonso joins Defender staff Sheriff to set up outpost in Manchester Johnson named OEDA Membership Chairperson Sherman E Young Ruth Jackman ‘Kitten Season’ comes to Ohio Manchester Council votes to disband PD Olde Wayside Inn under new management Two overdose on heroin Senior Profile: Ethan Parrett Adams/Brown Youth League holds postseason tourney Three nights of pain Furious rally falls short, Lady Devils again eliminated in Div. III district finals, 45-42 Oscar Moore Barbara J Finnegan Ohio Senate and House honor Miss Ohio USA Michael Eldridge Frances Towner Thelma R Williamson BREAKING NEWS: Manchester council votes to eliminate police department Before all dogs go to heaven Adaptive Bikes delivered in Adams County Adams County Junior Fair Market Hog Identification plans announced for 2017 Local couple takes ownership of two local businesses Jo Hanson to retire after nearly 50 years in banking Sierra Club, hero or villain? Greyhounds, Devils are runners-up in SHAC Tournaments Harold L Purdin Senior Profile: Jacob Wickerham 98-year old author publishes first book Early March storm packs destructive punch Jeeps rally in second half to end the Peebles season How about some post season awards? Thanks for all the great sports coverage PHS Principal hopes to expand students’ world view When spring becomes a promise Greg Lorenz Clay shoots the lights out, shoots down Greyhounds’ season Senior Profile: Savannah McFarland Devils put up a good fight, but fall to Portsmouth in sectional final, 50-43 Second half comeback sends Lady Devils to district finals for third straight year Butts honored by Southeast District Athletic Board North Adams Elementary holds Random Acts of Kindness Week Chester W Eyre BREAKING NEWS: March makes its entrance with force WUES kicks off Right to Read Week with guest readers WUHS students see Aronoff show on the life of Edgar Allan Poe Local high school seniors winners of Wendy’s Heisman Awards

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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