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Wind, Solar, and Geothermal Projects
Renewable energy is the terminology that describes wind, solar, and geothermal projects. Many renewable energy projects are eligible for grants, tax incentives, and renewable energy credits. Although schools may not be eligible for tax incentives, we can assist them in setting up a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), which is an alternative.
Wind Energy is a renewable energy source that has been around for years. Although, the new wind turbines are significantly different that the old windmills, the concept remains the same. Modern wind turbines are extremely efficient and almost maintenance free. However, they are large. The power head on a turbine can be as large as a school bus. From the ground they appear significantly smaller. It is usually not reasonable to have these devices close to schools. Typically, several of these can be located together on what is known as a wind farm. Quite often investors are willing to incur the cost of the wind farms and sell the electricity to the school at a lower cost than grid electricity. We can assist schools in creating wind farm relationships with investors.
Solar energy can exist as solar electric, or solar thermal. Solar electric is the typical solar power used on calculators and such. However, large solar panels can be located on top of school buildings and can reduce the electrical costs significantly.
Solar thermal is a radiator type system that circulates water through solar panels to gain heat. This water can be used to reduce the electricity or gas required to heat waters for boilers or hot water heaters. The “radiator” water circulates through heat exchangers to raise the temperature of incoming water and reduces the electricity required to raise the temperature of the water to be used in devices that require warm water.
Geothermal systems use the earth to gain or reject heat. This system is typically used in combination with a Boiler system or other HVAC systems. In Ohio, geothermal systems are not usually the sole heating or cooling system in a building. However, they provide an economical edge at the beginning of extreme seasonal changes.
Rainwater collection uses large underground storage systems to capture rainwater throughout the year. This water can be used to replenish water losses associated with boiler blow-downs, boiler-leaks, water for washing vehicles, and irrigation. With very little purification, the water can even be used for drinking water.