The Carlisle School District has already received $1,950,000 in grant money to install solar panel arrays on their main campus, but the real work began over 18 months ago, according to Director of Finance, Tom Longenecker.
“We began planning for the electricity rate increase coming in Jan. 2010, due to the rate caps being lifted here in Pennsylvania. We began with upgrading existing inefficient equipment, replacing old lighting fixtures and installing an automated energy management software system that regulates the lighting, heating and over 2,200 computers used by the District. When they are not needed, they were turned off by the system. Because of this, we are looking at our electric bill going up by 15% instead of by 30% or more, which many municipalities are expecting.”