New Lewisburg Area H.S. Has The Power To Save

KELLY TOWNSHIP -- Students are settling in during their first week at the new Lewisburg Area High School. There are a lot of windows in the school to make use of natural light, which reduces the need for overhead lighting.

"The overhead lighting that we do have throughout the building, the electricity for those lights is all being generated by over 500 solar panels on the roof of the building," explained Lewisburg Area Superintendent Mark DiRocco.

DiRocco took Newswatch 16 around the new high school on his last day as the district's superintendent. He explained the energy efficient features. DiRocco says even though this school is almost twice the size of the old one, it will be cost efficient.

"We don't believe it's going to cost any more for utilities to heat and light this building than it did the old one. So that's how energy efficient it is."

All of the building's lights are LED with motion sensors. They turn off after ten minutes and turn on automatically.

The high school also has several parking spaces for energy-efficient vehicles to encourage visitors to be environmentally sound.

"They're emitting fewer emissions from their tailpipe so that's even a little healthier for the kids and the plants," said DiRocco.

DiRocco says all of the concrete blocks in the building are made out of 60 percent recycled concrete. The district got a $2 million grant from the state which is how all of this is possible.

1 Comment

  • Wade Baker

    Solar panels are great as long as somebody else is paying to purchase them. If they made economic sense, private industry would be go gangbusters with them. It’s a joke on the taxpayer.

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