Officials laud Alcorn schools' solar collection project

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – The ribbon-cutting for a solar collection system on the campus of the Alcorn Career and Technology Center this week drew a couple dozen educators, government officials and others interested in technology innovation.
“I’m interested in our school district,” said Anthia Follin-King, who retired from teaching at Kossuth Elementary School after 41 years. “We have one of the best and want to keep it going.”
Not only has the Mississippi Development Authority provided a free curriculum which will be used in schools throughout the district to teach green energy topics, but the district will be selling much of the solar power it generates to the Alcorn Electric Power Association.
“This project demonstrates the school district’s commitment to the environment,” said Gary Chandler, president of The Alliance economic development organization. “Companies seek to locate in areas that act responsibly with energy conservation and seek to reduce energy production waste.”
The Tennessee Valley Authority was one of several partners in the $383,000 project with a renewable energy grant.
“We understand the benefits to ourselves and our power partners and the local community,” said David Sparks of TVA. “This was a unique opportunity to work with 10 schools in the district which received energy retrofits and to install this solar collection system.”
As the performance contract partner, Johnson Controls installed the energy-saving devices throughout the district and will conduct ongoing monitoring to assure that the district realizes the energy savings they guaranteed.
lena.mitchell@journalinc.com