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Moncure School goes solar

Posted Thursday, March 8, 2007

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Moncure, NC - The Abundance Foundation installed two solar panels in the Moncure School courtyard after learning that students in the upper hallway needed access to hot water in their bathrooms. Some older buildings in the school district do not have hot water in certain areas.

The process started in December when Abundance contacted Tommy Cockman, Director of Maintenance in Chatham County School, and discussed the logistics of the project. The Maintenance Department installed the proper interior plumbing so that the solar panels and new hot water heater would have a connection to the two bathrooms.

Once the plumbing phase was finished, Southern Energy Management was contracted with to install the solar panels and the hot water heater. Abundance Foundation received some of the funding from Boeing Company to complete the work.

Work was completed in early February. At a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, February 26, Kathie Russell, a Moncure parent and member of the Chatham County Board of Education, and Principal Charles Aiken cut the ribbon. Bob Kingery and a second representative of Southern Energy Management were in attendance as well as Cockman, Tami Schwerin and Andrea Young of The Abundance Foundation, and the Moncure kindergarten and third grade classes.

"It was an amazing partnership between the corporate world, the non-profit world and the school administration," stated Tami Schwerin.

The Abundance Foundation turns renewable energy and sustainable concepts such as waste reduction and lowering emissions into reality. They create models for educating communities on healthy, local solutions to the many facets that populations experience today.

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