Amanda Card of The Chestnut Hill Local reports:
“With an extensive recycling program, a solar commitment by the townships school district and a green-minded Parks and Recreation Department, Whitemarsh is ahead of the curve on moving towards a greener environment — addressing at-home needs as much as township programs.
Last year, Colonial School District entered into a new division of eco-friendly education. This past April, board members unanimously approved the addition of solar panels to schools in the Colonial District. Times Herald reporter Jenny DeHuff reported that Colonial contracted with Tangent Energy Solutions, of Kennett Square, under the supervision of Dave Turner, the companys CEO.
According to DeHuff, during meetings with local companies to perform the desired solar panel upgrade, Turner said that the carbon dioxide this displaced ‘could have been produced by 112 cars in a year “… and will save the school district approximately $1.5 million over the course of a 20-year period.’
The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development explained the logistics of the installation: “The cumulative 700-kilowatt system will include a 440-kilowatt rooftop device for Colonial Middle School and a 265-kilowatt system for Colonial Elementary School. The system will generate approximately $880,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually, which could save the district nearly $110,000 in energy costs every year.”
Colonial plans to educate its students and residents by providing websites with information on the functionality and efficiency of solar panels.”
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