Created: 10/30/2013 6:51 PM WHEC.com
One local school is working to save the planet and save some money.
On Wednesday the East Irondequoit School District unveiled a new heat and power system at Eastridge High School.
The combined heat and power, or CHP, will provide energy-efficient power for up to half of the building as well as heating or cooling, depending on the season.
It also reduces the energy costs for the district, saving between $40,000 and $60,000 a year, a savings that is then passed on to taxpayers in that district.
“This co-generation facility is really groundbreaking and completely sensible and is a recognition of the school districts responsibility not only to educate young minds, but also to be sensitive to the needs of tax payers and finding ways to deliver services as efficiently as possible,” said Senator Ted O'Brien, 55th District.
“It doesn't get better for us than this. We're able to develop cost savings, implement cutting edge technology and have a really positive impact on the environment,” said Milan Beh.
The $1.6-million dollar system was partially funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.