Glenwood Schools receive geothermal rebates

Presenting a $50,000 grant check at the Ball-Chatham School Board meeting, from right are David Stuva, President/CEO of Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative, and Nancy McDonald, Marketing Administrator for Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives. Accepting the grant are Board President Rick Petermeyer, Superintendent Carrie Hruby, and Nate Fretz, Chief School Business Official.

Presenting a $50,000 grant check at the Ball-Chatham School Board meeting, from right are David Stuva, President/CEO of Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative, and Nancy McDonald, Marketing Administrator for Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives. Accepting the grant are Board President Rick Petermeyer, Superintendent Carrie Hruby, and Nate Fretz, Chief School Business Official.

At the Ball-Chatham School Board meeting on Nov. 24, the ­district received an energy efficiency grant check for $50,000 for a new geothermal heating and cooling ­system for Glenwood Middle School. The grant was obtained by Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative (RECC), through the GeoAlliance program.

GeoAlliance is a collaboration between the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives (AIEC) in Springfield and Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation in Chicago (ICECF). ICECF provides the ­funding for the grants and the AIEC is the program ­administrator. The ­funding is passed down from the ­association to Illinois electric ­cooperatives that in turn re-grant the funding to their not-for-profit members.

The new Geothermal Variable Refrigerant Flow systems provide room-by-room control of heating and cooling, and can even provide heat in one room while cooling another when needed. Each classroom has a ­ceiling mounted ­ductless fan coil, which is connected to tubing ­carrying a ­refrigerant gas to and from the central geothermal compressors.

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