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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Green day?

Foran may go green with addition of solar panels

By Brian McCready
Milford Bureau Chief
— The Board of Education is exploring the feasibility of having Joseph A. Foran High School go green to help save the taxpayers electricity costs.
The school board is applying for a grant with the state that would pay half the costs associated with installing solar panels on the roof of the school along with wind turbines.
Officials said there would be no costs to the school board, and a company would install the solar panels.
School administrators will complete an energy audit of the school to determine if the energy costs would be lowered by using renewable energy sources.
A 20-year commitment is required if the city receives the state grant.
Superintendent of Schools Harvey B. Polansky cautioned the board that despite installing the solar panels and wind turbines, it’s still likely that some electricity will have to be purchased to “bridge the gaps.”
Deputy Superintendent of Operations Philip G. Russell said he’s projecting a 15 percent energy reduction cost savings at Foran, though it’s too early to define an actual dollar amount.
Russell said besides the financial implications, having a green building will provide “significant environmental upgrades” and will result in a major “reduction of pollutants.”
He added that school officials want to take renewable energy and use it as a teaching tool.
Russell said Foran High was chosen as the site because it’s the largest school, and the “worst energy hog.” Foran has a swimming pool and air conditioning.
Russell told board members that other school systems are looking at a similar program, and the grant will be awarded by the state on a competitive basis.
Milford needs to be one of the first 10 schools statewide to apply to have the best shot at receiving the grant, Russell added.
“I applaud your efforts on staying up late at night and trying to save the taxpayers money,” said school board Chairman David Hourigan, D-4.
Russell said the schools receive their electricity from TransCanada, and the utility supports such a program because it is required to meet a federal mandate that 10 percent of its energy come from renewable sources by 2015.
Russell added that if the equipment breaks down, the company will maintain it at no cost to the taxpayers.
Hourigan suggested if this experiment works at Foran, the board may want to consider renewable energy sources for all of its schools.
“We’re seeing more of this because we’re at $4 a gallon,” Polansky added.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, it's so amazing to see school administrators taking initiative towards being GREEN. I'm really glad because I think it's so important for kids these days to start learning ways to better the environment they live in. After all, they'll be the ones left after we're gone and it's up to their generation to learn the value and importance of using sustainable resources. The younger generation have been brought up in the age of privilege, excess, consumerism, waste, etc so it's comforting to know that at least we're contributing t oo their green growth. I didn't see anything in the article about the school using heat alternatives. Has anyone here ever heard of bioheat? I think it's an amazing alternative to regular oil heat and it's just as efficient. Plus it's b5 blend is made of sustainable resources like corn, hemp, avocados, which I think is amazing that these resources can be used as a heat alternative. Does anyone think they'd ever switch to bioheat? I highly recommend anyone to look into it. Just go on to to get more info.

I work with NORA to bring you this valuable information!

May 14, 2008 at 3:23 PM 
Anonymous Mark L - Taxpayer said...

Yes, I agree. Nice to see forward thinking youth.

May 19, 2008 at 8:35 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah I know, right? When I was younger I was so much less aware than kids are now. It's crazy to be living in such an info-filled digital world. I almost feel outdated, but I'm slowly updgrading my bio-files to keep up with the times, lol. Speaking of keeping up the times, did anyone here get a chance to check out the link about bioheat? I really think it's worth making the switch! Check it out, and let me know what you all think.

May 19, 2008 at 3:02 PM 
Anonymous Mark L - Taxpayer said...

Hi Angela, Agree on all the info. availabloe to kid's today. As for Bio fuels,I have rwad all this data for years and said from day one, that when we have so little value for food that we are willing to burin it in our gas tanks and furnaces is the day a box of Corn Flakes cost $20.00. This is exactly what is happening now. Food costs are expected to sky-rocket over the next several months. All due to ethanol and bio fuels. Basically the grocery store is comepeting with Exxon and Mobil for farmers fields. I know the concept sounds good in theory, but the results are devastating on the dinner table.

May 20, 2008 at 8:15 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, the thing about bioheat is that you don't have to buy any extra equipment, and it costs basically the same as regular oil heat. If everyone using regular oil heat switched over to bioheat's b5 blend, 400 million gallons of regular oil heat could be conserved. That would make leaps and bounds towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions! Amazing right?

I know I am feeling the heat on groceries, I would go to the grocery and pick up a few items for a quick meal, and it would come out to over 30 bucks! It's ridiculous, but I try to be as frugal as possible with my grocery shopping, without having to sacrifice nutritional value.

May 20, 2008 at 4:18 PM 
Anonymous Mark L - Taxpayer said...

Dear Angela, The money saced on reg.oil with be spent x2 on food. Crops, mainly grains, affect the cost of Eggs (as chickens eat grains), meats (again chicken, beef, pork). Then there is the absolute basic . . . Bread. I have a Flour company and the cost per bushel went from $4.50 to $18.00, all due to Bio-Fuels and Ethanol. A people that values fuel over food on the table soon has a bigger problem. Funny how when we send aid around the world it is the form of foodand not fuel, as food is the absolute most basic and essential of our needs. Try carving up a gallon pof gasoline at Thanksgiving rather than a Turkey. Let's also consider that bio and other food-fuel additives have not lowered the cost of gas or deisel at all. BUT they have conbtributed to higher food costs, plus higher cost to triuck foods to market. Plus our good friends in China are gobbling nup Fuel and Food at an unbelieveable rate. And they call Americans big uses of natural resourses. China makes us look like Luxembourg. Good luck. Nice chat

May 22, 2008 at 10:10 AM 

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