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East Lycoming School District begins solar power usage

By Staff | Jun 1, 2011

From left to right are Josh Saar, Cody Rathmell, and Sam Hunter with instructor William Carroll as they demonstrate wave energy patterns, an alternative energy source used in classroom instruction at Hughesville High School. L to R: State Representative Garth Everett; Michael McClain, ELSD Buildings and Grounds Supervisor; David Maciejewski, ELSD Business Manager/Board Secretary; Richard Michael, ELSD School Board President; State Senator Gene Yaw and Lawrence Potash acting Superintendent.

HUGHESVILLE – On Thursday morning, May 26 East Lycoming School District revealed to the public their new solar project as a renewable energy project installed by PPL.

The school district announced its commitment to utilize universal resources to provide a safe, professional learning environment, which is responsive to the individual needs and abilities of children, by implementing a challenging and integrating curriculum.

Each student will be encouraged to become a contributing citizen and lifelong learner in a global community announced school officials during an open house ceremony. East Lycoming School District is now equipped to begin to use the power produced by a 600-kilowatt solar system that reduces annual greenhouse gas emissions by 1.1 million pounds of carbon dioxide.

High school students are using alternative energy sources in their curriculum which has been a community effort according to instructor, William Carroll.

Founded in 1953, the McClure Company, a PPL Energy Services subsidiary that employs 260 in mechanical service, construction and energy services will oversee the project. PPL Renewable Energy develops, owns, operates and maintains renewable and clean energy projects in the mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States, with projects totaling more than 45 megawatts of electricity generation, enough to power 30,000 homes.

Mike Kroboth, president of PPL Renewable Energy said 2,550 solar panels will produce 700,000 kilowatt hours of green energy each year, enough to power 60 homes.