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Turkey Foot makes its own electricity using the sun


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Imagine a school building that makes its own electricity using the sun! Join us for this historic moment when we “Flip the Switch” at Turkey Foot Middle on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 12:30 p.m.



The sun will produce the majority of electricity needed by Turkey Foot Turkey Foot Middle School beginning Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. at the “Flip the Switch” celebration.


The building will be powered by the largest electric producing solar array installed in the state of Kentucky by a 385-kW solar array that comprises over 60,000 sq. ft. of thin film and crystalline panel solar technology. It is anticipated that on weekends and during the summer the building will produce an excess of electricity to sell back to Duke Energy.


“This is one of two school facilities in the state that will actually put electricity back on the grid. This school building is a testament to the district’s commitment to energy management. We believe school buildings should use less energy, demonstrate sound environmental practices and serve as fundamental tools for learning. A team of Turkey Foot students, named Construction 101, have been involved in the design and construction of the building. The new school uses half the energy of the old school building and the new school is twice the size,” said Chris Baker, Energy Systems Coordinator.  “The event is also the celebration of each of our 19 E=WISE2 (Education creates Wisdom in Saving Energy and the Environment) teams in the Kenton County School District. This year’s theme is Imagine because the student possibilities in our district are endless.”


The E=WISE2 program, is a student-led energy education program created in partnership with the Kentucky NEED (National Energy Education Development) project. Each school has an E=WISE2 team consisting of students, administration, faculty and custodial staff that is focused on monitoring, improving the habits of the building occupants, and educating the faculty, staff and community about energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. 

Trey Grayson, Turkey Foot Middle School graduate and former Kentucky Secretary of State, will lead the “Flip the Switch” countdown from his office at Harvard University via web cam. In addition to the countdown of this significance event, Mr. Grayson will discuss how his Kenton County School District education led him to career success and will lead current students to success.


The net-zero energy project at Turkey Foot Middle School is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, through the combined efforts of the following organizations: Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence, the U.S. Department of Energy and Kenton County School District.


Turkey Foot Middle School energy features:

·         Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF)

·         Green Roof (Turkey Foot Middle School is the first school in KY to have a green roof)

·         Geothermal Heating and Cooling

·         Daylight Harvesting

·         Solar Light Tubes

·         Rainwater Catchment System

·         Green Building Materials

·         Porous Pavements

·         Biofiltration Swales

·         Retention / Detention Basins

·         Advanced Mechanical Systems

·         Photovoltaic Cell System

·         Vital Sign Screen


Kenton County School District Energy Management Program history

The Kenton County School District Energy Management Program, started in 2007, goes beyond just the physical elements of our buildings and recognizes the need to develop a future labor force capable of meeting the anticipated demand for “green collar” jobs over the next 20 years. Since the inception of the Energy Management Program, the district has avoided over $2,000,000 in energy costs. This has been accomplished through building three high performance schools, the student E=WISE2 program, an Energy Savings Performance Contract, and the implementation of Energy Management best practices. This program has resulted in the following energy achievements:

·         $2,000,000 in energy costs avoidance

·         EPA ENERGY STAR Leader - The Kenton County School District is recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency for demonstrated environmental leadership by significantly reducing the District’s portfolio-wide greenhouse gas emissions by reducing energy consumption by 20%.  The Kenton County School District is the only school district in the Commonwealth to earn this recognition and is one of only 44 school districts nationwide on this prestigious list for 20% reduction.

·         LEED Silver Certification –Twenhofel Middle School has been awarded LEED Silver Certification making this the first Kentucky school building to receive the LEED rating. LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System is a voluntary building certification program that defines high-performance green buildings, which are more environmentally responsible, healthier, and more profitable structures. LEED was created to establish a common standard of measurement for what constitutes a green building and offer third party validation of a building's green features. LEED addresses a variety of buildings and building project types through individualized systems, including: new construction, existing buildings, commercial interiors, core & shell, homes.

·         Seven Kenton County School District schools have earned the ENERGY STAR

·         NEED District of the Year



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