KEYSER - Less than a year into its energy efficiency program, Mineral County Schools are already benefitting from thousands of dollars in savings.

By Liz Beavers

lbeavers@newstribune.info

Tribune Managing Editor

KEYSER - Less than a year into its energy efficiency program, Mineral County Schools are already benefitting from thousands of dollars in savings.

The board of education voted last July to enter into contract with CMTA Energy Solutions to upgrade several of the schools’ heating and air conditioning systems, including installing a geothermal system at Frankfort High School and solar panels at New Creek Primary and the Technical Center.

Tuesday, Brian Duvall of CMTA told the board that the geothermal system at Frankfort is installed and operating, and they are “now cooling the school” with the new system.

In addition, new vent fans were installed in Frankfort’s gym, as well as in Keyser High’s gym.

“I am happy to say we are officially generating electricity at New Creek and the Technical Center,” he said, reporting that the solar panels are working so well in those two facilities that “we are actually producing more electricity than the building is using.

“You are able to get credits on your bill,” he said.

With the installation of LED lights and other cost-saving measures at Keyser Primary School, the energy costs for June actually went down $1,838 from the same month last year. In July, that savings jumped to $3,603.

Frankfort Middle School saw a year-over-year decrease of $6,048 in energy costs in July, and Keyser High School, $4,164 in savings.

“That’s a 16 percent energy savings,” Duvall said.

More work remains, however, and Duvall said, “We’re looking at having everything done by the end of the year.”