Water-heating system a model for savings

Mount Healthy Elementary School is beginning to use solar power to heat water and save money, part of an initiative officials in the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. hope leads to better energy efficiency in all of its schools.

And those same officials can’t wait to tell people about it online.

The new system, purchased and installed with a $67,000 grant from Hoosier Energy Rural Cooperative Inc., consists of six 4-by-10 solar panels on Mount Healthy’s roof that are connected by pipes to two 120-gallon exchange tanks in the indoor maintenance room, said Charlie McCoy, the school corporation’s energy manager.

He said that on a sunny day, the system can produce 240,000 BTUs, which is enough to heat 480 gallons of water to 120 degrees at Mount Healthy, 12150 S. State Road 58. And on days that aren’t as sunny, the school’s general electrical system can make up the heating difference.

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