Largest Solar Electric Installation in the State of Kentucky

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Local School and Students Benefit from Solar Panel Installation

The Kenton County School District has long had a commitment to educate a future labor force capable of meeting the anticipated demand for “green collar” jobs over the next 20 years and to also optimize energy management technology within the district’s schools. The district recently expanded its “green” commitment when Atkins & Stang Electric, Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance, and Dovetail Solar and Wind completed the installation of a solar electric system at Turkey Foot Middle School.

“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, has 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 Kenton County School District is recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency for demonstrated environmental leadership for significantly reducing the District’s portfolio-wide greenhouse gas emissions by reducing energy consumption by 20 percent. 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 percent reduction.

The solar array installed by Dovetail Solar and Wind and Atkins and Stang Electric consists of 2,731 American-made Sharp crystalline and Tremco laminate solar modules and multiple PV Powered inverters. Monitoring is provided by Fat Spaniel, headquartered in Camarillo, CA. The solar array will provide approximately 469,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year or enough to power more than 50 percent of the energy needs at the school. This will reduce emissions by 8,417 tons of carbon dioxide over 25 years, the environmental equivalent of 27,393,273 miles of driving or 144 acres of trees planted.

“Dovetail Solar and Wind is delighted to have been a key partner in the construction of this solar electric system,” stated Mr. Alan Frasz, President of Dovetail Solar and Wind. “It is exciting to see solar energy gaining momentum in Kentucky. This echoes the strong demand Dovetail Solar and Wind is experiencing across the region for solar power generation from businesses, residents and non-profit organizations as they move to clean, reliable, cost-effective renewable energy.”

“It’s exciting to see a school district, such as the Kenton County School District, taking such a leadership position to demonstrate the feasibility of renewable energy for both the community and the students,” said Certified Technical Roof Consultant David L. Hart, LEED AP, CDT, for Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance. “Early on in the process, it was clear that all parties involved could see the benefits of having an integrated roof system and renewable PV energy system designed together so that a single party, such as Tremco, would be responsible for both the performance of the roofing system and PV system. Kenton County wanted to work with a company that could offer a proven and compatible system that would perform for decades in the future. Tremco is excited and privileged to be a part of such a wonderful project!”

In addition to its participation in the solar roofing installation, Tremco also provided and installed multiple sustainable roofing systems. These included a white membrane under much of the solar array and an all white roof surfacing system over the entrance canopy. By reflecting rather than absorbing most heat, these roofs can help further lower the school’s energy use. Tremco also installed a 1,200 square foot vegetated roof that includes a rainwater catchment system.

About Dovetail Solar and Wind:
Dovetail Solar and Wind is one of the oldest, largest and most experienced renewable energy firms in Ohio providing all three major technologies: solar electric, solar thermal and wind. Dovetail has completed over 200 system installations across Ohio and surrounding states including more than 2.3MW of solar and wind systems. With five Ohio locations, and an office in Michigan and Kentucky, Dovetail is uniquely positioned to support clients in the region. Visit Dovetail Solar and Wind online at http://www.dovetailsolar.com. The Southwestern Ohio phone number is 513-535-7445, Siobhan (Shavaun) Pritchard, Regional Manager, spritchard@dovetailsolar.com.

About Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance:
Headquartered in Beachwood, Ohio, Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance helps manage building life cycles for customers in education, healthcare, government, manufacturing and many other industries. In business since 1928, Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance is a division of Tremco Incorporated, which is itself part of the RPM Building Solutions Group, an international leader in the construction, maintenance and repair markets. Tremco Roofing works closely with Tremco Incorporated subsidiary WTI, which provides general contracting and roofing services; both Tremco Roofing and WTI are ISO 9001:2000 certified. To learn more about us, visit http://www.tremcoroofing.com or call toll-free at 800-562-2728.

About Kenton Co. School District:
The Kenton County School District's System of Excellence is comprised of 18 schools intensely focused on preparing students to compete in the global work market. Highly trained staff, focused on individual student's needs, ensure maximum performance and success for each student. The district's clear focus is guided through three goals: Goal 1: All students will perform at or above grade level in numeracy and literacy at each transition point. Goal 2: All professional practices will be based on a common understanding of quality instruction and best practice for every student, in every classroom, every day. Goal 3: Beginning in the fourth grade, all students will participate in at least one activity providing a meaningful connection to school beyond the regular classroom. Our commitment to innovation and unparalleled business and community engagement buttress these goals, creating a circle of support for our students and future.

Media Contact:
Siobhan Pritchard
Dovetail Solar and Wind
513-535-7445
spritchard(at)dovetailsolar(dot)com
http://www.dovetailsolar.com

Bob Spreat
Marketing Manager
Tremco roofing and Building Maintenance
216-766-5646
bspreat(at)tremcoinc(dot)com
http://www.tremcoroofing.com

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