Ohio schools taking advantage of solar power to minimize electric bills

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 @ 01:07 PM
posted by rene5432

Two schools in Adams County, Ohio, are reportedly utilizing a solar energy initiative that is allowing them to generate enough power to operate more than 1,000 computers in a single year, limiting electric bills in the process.

According to the Ledger Independent, the solar array installations generate nearly 600 kilowatts of solar energy, saving the school districts approximately $40,000 per year. Local officials told the news source that the specific schools were constructed to LEED Silver Standards in order for the arrays to be installed.

Steve Wolfe, Adams County and Ohio Valley District Schools facilities manager, told the news source that in addition to providing power and cutting electric costs, the new installations can serve as a teaching tool to students.

"Our staff and teachers are eager to incorporate the system into the learning environment because we want our students to be educated for future jobs,"Wolfe said. "That means learning about renewable energy technology like solar as early as elementary school."

According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, Ohio is second in the country in solar manufacturing.

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