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Covington Independent Public Schools saves money by going solar

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Covington Independent Public Schools will save an estimated $65,000 a year in electrical costs with the installation of two solar panel systems. The roof-top mounted solar panels were recently installed at John G. Carlisle Elementary School and at the Science Building of Holmes High School. The solar panels will improve the schools’ energy efficiency and environmental quality.

 “The return on the district’s investment into solar is already evident with the reduction in electrical costs,’’ said Covington Superintendent Alvin Garrison.  “Over time the savings could amount to millions of dollars in reduced costs.’’

The solar panels are part of a larger guaranteed energy savings project that the district is completing with Performance Services, an Indiana-based company specializing in construction, energy savings and optimal learning environments. The project is expected to be completed in September.

The energy conservation measures installed as part of the project will improve learning environments for students, enhance maintenance and operations of facilities, and result in measured and verified energy savings. As a result, the district will save $256,981 in energy and maintenance costs annually. The guaranteed energy savings project meets the energy, efficiency, and safety needs of the District Facility Plan approved by the School Board in January, 2016.

Performance Services is an Indiana-based, integrated design and delivery company that specializes in constructing and renovating schools, universities and municipal facilities to deliver high performing buildings with optimal environments. Innovative renewable energy systems are integral to its services portfolio. The company has provided energy solutions to customers since 1998 and is a leading qualified provider of design-build, guaranteed energy savings projects, Energy Leadership programs and Energy Star labeled schools. For more information, visit

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