You can sense the excitement in Bob Rice’s voice as we walked among the solar arrays, nearly completed just south of Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate/Junior High School (HIJH), at Cyntheanne Road and Southeastern Parkway. Rice, Energy Management Director for Hamilton Southeastern Schools, says the solar operation there will begin powering the HIJH school building in the next two to three weeks.
The next project will provide another array, delivering electricity for Sand Creek Elementary and Intermediate Schools.
The HSE School Corporation entered into a contract with Ameresco Inc. in January of this year to install the $2.8 million solar project. The work is being financed by a four-year bond issue which is not expected to trigger a tax increase.
At the time the school board approved the plan, Rice projected the solar arrays will pay for themselves in 11 years through electricity cost savings.