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West Central School Corporation’s Wind Project a First for NIPSCO Feed-in-Tariff Program October 3, 2011

Posted by Laura Arnold in Feed-in Tariffs (FiT), Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO), Uncategorized.
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(Source: MARKETWIRE)trackingWest Central School Corporation  (WCSC) representatives and student leaders will celebrate the start of  construction on their school’s utility-grade wind turbine project with a  ceremonial breaking of the ground Friday morning, September 30th, at 9:30 am EDT  at the school campus.

WCSC will be the first public school  corporation in Indiana to utilize the Northern Indiana Public Service Company  (NIPSCO) Feed-in-Tariff program for renewable energy
generation. The project will include one 321-foot high, 900 kW, three-blade  PowerWind turbine on school property, with Performance Services serving as the  design builder. The project is designed to pay for itself and at the same time  significantly reduce the cost of energy at the schools. In doing so, the  corporation hopes to be able to maintain the existing tax rate. Over the 25-year  life of the project, net revenue is expected to exceed $2.9 million after all  project related costs.

“This is a great event for the West Central School  Corporation and the school community. We are very excited about the opportunity  to work with Performance Services and NIPSCO to make this first of its kind  project become a reality,” said Charles Mellon, superintendent.

An essential component of the wind project  is a renewable energy curriculum. Lessons plans, a K-12 curriculum map, and  unique learning opportunities will be made available for K-12 students. This  project will become a real-world lab in which WCSC students will have the  opportunity to learn and explore renewable energy first hand.

Tim Thoman, President of Performance  Services, noted, “We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with West  Central School Corporation on this important community wind project. Utilizing a  natural wind resource to support school funding is an innovative solution. This  wind project will also provide a unique learning experience for West Central  students with an integrated curriculum and enable them to model environmental  stewardship and sustainable practices to their community.”

For more information about West Central  School Corporation, visit http://www.wcsc.k12.in.us/

Performance Services is an  Indianapolis-based design-build engineering company that specializes in  constructing and renovating schools and renovating universities to deliver
optimal learning environments through both the Guaranteed Energy Savings  Contract and Design-Build procurement methods. Innovative wind power and  geothermal systems are integral to the energy services portfolio. The company  has provided energy services to education for more than 13 years and currently  serves K-12, higher education and ealthcare markets and is the leading  qualified provider of guaranteed energy savings projects and ENERGY STAR labeled  schools in Indiana. To learn more, visit http://www.performanceservices.com .

CONTACT:
Arlene Gavin
Performance Services, Inc.
(317) 713-1750
Email Contact

SOURCE: Performance Services

Performance Services is a member of Indiana Distributed Energy Advocates.

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