Portage Lakes Career Center becomes latest Team Living Green member
Taking strategic advantage of the opportunities Ohio House Bill 264 provides, Portage Lakes Career Center, with the support of the Board of Education has created an impressive list of projects that address energy consumption, efficiency and education. HB 264 is an energy conservation program that allows school districts to make energy efficiency improvements to their buildings and use the cost savings to pay for those improvements. PLCC has used this resource to address:
- tuck pointing
- campus-wide window replacement
- boiler replacement
- overhead HVAC system & control upgrades
- campus-wide LED retrofitting
- variable overhead lighting in lab spaces
Chris Wright, PLCC's treasurer, states that the final reconciliation report for their HB 264 project documents a 39% reduction in energy consumption - the environmental impact equivalent to taking 61 cars off the road or saving 17,222 trees.
PLCC's latest initiative is the installation of a 400 kWh solar
array that is estimated to supplant up to 40% of the campus energy usage by using electricity supplied by the solar array; an estimated $26,000 yearly savings.
Chris Wright says, "For PLCC, "Living Green" has helped our organization experience tangible cost savings while simultaneously reducing our environmental impact. However, before the installation of the solar array, we were only addressing the consumption side of the energy equation. Alternative/Renewable energy allows PLCC to address the other side of the equation and to reap the financial rewards of "Living Green" with the electricity produced by the solar array. We are in a unique position to be not only a Living Green community leader but to stay true to our mission as educators as we develop curriculum that provides our students with the skills, expertise and knowledge needed for the alternative energy field."
Congratulations to the entire PLCC team for Living Green!