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Clean Energy Tour and Reception Held in Frankfort

by Lauren McGrath — last modified Feb 22, 2012 09:50 AM

On February 13, KySEA organized a Clean Energy Tour and Legislative Reception in Frankfort to engage legislators and members of the public about the importance and benefits of the Clean Energy Opportunity Act. 

The reception included a presentation by architect Kenny Stanfield about Richardsville Elementary in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the nation’s first net-zero energy public school. Richardsville Elementary was designed to use 75% less energy than a typical school and uses a grid-tied solar photovoltaic system to generate as much power as the school requires each year. Significantly, the school cost 20% less to build than a typical school before adding the solar PV. Even after the PV was added, the school still cost less to build. After more than a year of operation the school is performing as-designed and has no electric bills. The architect estimates that the school district is saving about $150,000 per year on energy bills, as compared to a conventional school.

The reception attracted over 70 participants and 16 legislators and included an awards ceremony honoring those who’ve shown leadership and innovation in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Award recipients included Rep. Rocky Adkins, Kenny Stanfield and Warren County Public Schools (for the Richardsville Elementary School design), and Berea Municipal Utilities & City Commission for the Berea Solar Farm.

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