USD seeks solution to geothermal system
When a geothermal heating and cooling system was installed to service Scott Community High School about 15 years ago, it was seen as an innovative way of reducing energy costs.
The system, delivered on those expectations for several years, but the effectiveness of the geothermal field has diminished more recently.
In a preliminary report, Integrated Consulting Engineers (ICE), Wichita, is suggesting that the system can continue to be utilized, but on a more limited basis. Instead of trying to provide heating/cooling for the entire building, it’s recommending a separate system be installed for the gym.
The cost estimate for three rooftop units is $160,000.
Bottom line, says Shane Faurot, maintenance supervisor for USD 466, is that the geothermal system doesn’t have enough capacity to provide heating and cooling for the entire building.
“The maximum capacity of the geothermal field is about 140 tons short of what’s needed,” he says.
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