Monday, January 21, 2008From a story by Gena Kittner in the Wisconsin State Journal:
The Sun Prairie School District is set once again to tap into the Earth's natural body temperature to warm and cool its newest elementary school.
Creekside Elementary, located on the city's south side, will be the second of three Sun Prairie schools the district plans to heat and cool using a geothermal system.
Geothermal technology has seen "an explosion of growth in the last seven years or so in Wisconsin," said Manus McDevitt, principal with Sustainable Engineering Group in Madison. "It's coming to a point now where electricity and gas prices are so high ... that really the argument for geothermal becomes stronger and stronger. For school districts it makes a lot of sense."
The systems can cut schools' energy use by 10 percent to 40 percent, McDevitt said.
The Madison, Verona and Monona Grove school districts also have or plan to incorporate geothermal technology into school construction. Evansville and Fond du Lac high schools have used the technology for several years.