Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Ricky L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Cecil N Graham Sawyers charged in sex for heroin plot Group demands changes at ELSD Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann Kids enjoy a ‘Touch-a-Truck’ event in Mt. Orab New police chief takes over in Fayetteville BC Chamber moving forward on 2017 SummerFest Two killed in wrong way crash in Mt. Orab Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Corbin testifies before Ohio Senate Five arrested in Hamersville drug bust Neil Diamond tribute band coming Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Women return to county jail as funds start to run low Georgetown Council takes action on vacant structures Veterans honored in Mt. Orab John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London Mary J Hall Kenneth R Behymer Western Brown’s Joe Sams commits to Marietta College WBHS to hold girls youth basketball camp Huseman signs with UC Clermont Day to continue baseball career on collegiate level at UC Clermont Western’s Pack signs with NKU WBHS to host youth boys basketball camp Eastern’s Rigdon, Hopkins are STATE BOUND James Ratliff Robert P Lesko Armstrong sentenced to twenty years on child porn possession charges Russellville hires new Village Clerk Russellville Council approves purchase of two ambulances

Western breaks ground on solar energy project

MT. ORAB — On his last day on the job as Western Brown’s director of operations and transportation, Roger Taylor can breathe easily as ground finally broke on the solar energy project for the Western Brown School District.

The project has not been easy. It got underway four years ago with another company before the current provider, Solar Planet. That snag in the process delayed the start of their project, while another county school, Fayetteville-Perry, got theirs off the ground.

“We’ve been working on this process for so long, we actually started before Fayetteville (Fayetteville-Perry Schools), and because they got with Solar Planet first, they got done quicker. But we’ve been looking at this since 2011,” Taylor said.

The project did not start with the intent to completely overhaul Western Brown’s energy solutions. The project started small and grew into the major project it has become.

“We actually started with a behavioral energy program to cut our energy use in the schools with light plans, HVAC efficiency and then we thought, ‘What can we do outside the norm to try to save energy?’” Taylor said.

He said the solar renewable credit market in Ohio made it advantageous for Solar Planet to undertake the project. The project cost Western Brown nothing to install and they have a 25-year purchase agreement with Solar Planet to buy their energy at half the current rate per kilowatt hour. Solar Planet is installing the project at no cost to Western Brown.

“This will save the district money over the next 25 years,” Taylor said. “It will probably outlast everyone in the district office. It’s going to be here for a long time.”

According to Taylor, Western Brown was spending upwards of $50,000 per month on electricity between the buildings. Western Brown’s savings comes in the form of the purchase agreement. With their current energy provider, they are paying an average of 14 cents per kilowatt hour. With Solar Planet, Western Brown will be spending 7.5 cents per kilowatt hour.

Spencer Lee, Solar Planet’s general manager, said it was the largest project at any school Solar Planet had undertaken. The system is set to supply up to 70 percent of the school’s energy at all three schools. The project includes four separate systems that are all grid-fed.

According to Lee, battery-fed systems are not practical for a project this size, but the technology is improving for battery systems that could lead to complete energy independence.

Taylor said the projects serves a two-fold purpose. Not only does it save the district money and free up money to be spent elsewhere in the school, but it allows students to get hands-on experience with solar energy.

“It’s one of those things where they only learn about solar panels in textbooks,” Taylor said. “It’s something they can actually physically see and touch.”

The project is set to be complete by October and be functional, with weather permitting, on the installation of the solar panels and system.

Western Brown breaks ground on their new solar project in partnership with Solar Planet. Those in attendance for the ground breaking included (from left to right) Rep. Doug Green, school board member Tracy O’Hara, Director of Operations Roger Taylor, Mt. Orab Mayor Bruce Lunsford, Treasurer Deny Dunlap, Superintendent Reagan White, Project manager Bob Sisco, Assistant Superintendent Jina Bohl, and Solar Planet General Manager Spencer Lee.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_IMG_85771.jpgWestern Brown breaks ground on their new solar project in partnership with Solar Planet. Those in attendance for the ground breaking included (from left to right) Rep. Doug Green, school board member Tracy O’Hara, Director of Operations Roger Taylor, Mt. Orab Mayor Bruce Lunsford, Treasurer Deny Dunlap, Superintendent Reagan White, Project manager Bob Sisco, Assistant Superintendent Jina Bohl, and Solar Planet General Manager Spencer Lee.

By Brian Durham

bdurham@civitasmedia.com

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One comment:

  1. It would be nice to see a follow up article now that the solar panels are up to see if the projected savings have come true.

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