Six years in the making, a 300 kilowatt-hour solar array at Asheville’s Isaac Dickson Elementary School was officially dedicated Sept. 24. The $428,000 project is expected to save the school over $1.3 million in utilities costs over its 30-year operational lifespan.
Duke Energy has replaced 22 power poles in the downtown Asheville area with 100-foot-tall steel structures that can carry larger electrical loads.
“We would attract more bugs like butterflies and bees to school, and we would waste less. It would help us and the animals.”
WHAT: A concert to benefit Isaac Dickson Elementary School WHEN: Saturday, June 17, 7-11 p.m. WHERE: Altamont Theatre WHY: Community members have come together to demand power over their power supply: Parents and community members will hold a benefit concert at the Altamont Theatre Saturday to raise money for Isaac Dickson Elementary School’s new solar […]
Appalachian Offsets is providing an opportunity for Asheville residents to both protect the environment and invest in environmental education, by helping fund Isaac Dickson Elementary School’s much-anticipated 600-kilowatt solar system. Donations can be made via Appalachian Offsets’ website, which calculates a person’s carbon footprint and then asks for a donation to offset that footprint. The […]
State data show that the gap in academic achievement between white and black students in the Asheville City Schools is the largest in North Carolina. The district is launching a new initiative to address the persistent problem — but only time will tell whether this effort will succeed where so many have failed to show results.
Student lunch debt is a growing problem in public schools across the nation. The Asheville and Buncombe County school systems together have about $39,000 worth of food debt, most of it from lunches.
“Stephen Schulte’s description of the power generation and distribution process is inaccurate [“In Substation Issue, Electrical Current Law Doesn’t Bend for Kids, June 10, Xpress].”
“The effects of low-level radiation from substations, radio transmission towers, cell phones, cell-phone towers and many other sources has been studied extensively.”
“Do we figure that it will hopefully be OK, and then place multiple generations of our brightest, youngest and most vulnerable community members in the middle of the electron superhighway?”
Once it is finally constructed, the new Isaac Dickson Elementary School may have a powerful new next-door neighbor. The proposed Duke Energy substation plans for the site have drawn protests from some parents and nearby residents. Duke Energy spokespersons assure those concerned groups that EMF is A-OK. Whether such assurances will quell the FUD remains […]
“As a parent of three children who attend Asheville City Schools and a family practice physician in the community, I was shocked to learn of Duke Energy’s plans to build a power substation next to the new Isaac Dickson Elementary School.”
“As a grandmother of a child who will be attending the new Isaac Dickson Elementary School in the fall, I’m very concerned that Duke Energy is planning to build a large, 115-kilovolt power substation — 200 feet from the school property line!”
“I am writing in strong opposition to the Duke Power substation that is being built next to the new Isaac Dickson Elementary School.”
Someone apparently stole a flock of urban chickens living on the campus of Isaac Dickson Elementary School in Asheville, according to a school parent who has worked closely with the school and its birds.