KEYSER - Not only have three Mineral County schools and the board office been able to save on energy costs this year, but one school has actually been able to “bank” kilowatt hours since the county implemented its current energy savings program.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Not only have three Mineral County schools and the board office been able to save on energy costs this year, but one school has actually been able to “bank” kilowatt hours since the county implemented its current energy savings program.
Under the direction of CMTA Energy Solutions, solar panels were installed over the summer at New Creek Primary School and the Mineral County Technical Center, and a geothermal system was installed at Frankfort High School, along with various other cost-saving methods at other schools, including simply using more energy-efficient lighting.
According to Brian Duvall of CMTA, New Creek Primary’s solar panels enabled the school to experience a credit of 720 kilowatt hours in August and 3,360 in September.
“When you make more energy than you use, then it gets banked,” he explained, showing the board members the school’s electric bill for September and October, which displayed a $0 charge.
At the Technical Center, which also now has solar panels, the school was able to experience a savings of $4,534 in September and $1,294 in October.
As for Frankfort, with the new geothermal system in operation, Duvall said the school was able to net a 43 percent savings over last year.
“The system is operating very efficiently; it’s been heating and cooling the building with very little energy use,” he said.
And while the changes at Keyser High School were not as large as a new solar or geothermal system, that school also experienced a $2,298 savings over this time last year.
Board president Lara Courrier called the savings “very encouraging,” and member Tom Denne said the numbers were “impressive.”
Further energy-saving measures will continue through the year.