Tests show geo-thermal system would not be viable.
It’s out with the coal and in with propane at Silverton School after exploratory drilling on the school grounds found a geo-exchange heating system is not viable.
The school board decided to go with a propane heating system, and preferably a hybrid unit that could be converted to electricity, at a special meeting on Thursday, Nov. 4.
School Superintendent Kim White noted that a major facet of the $11.8 million school renovation project was to include “a sustainable, energy-efficient heating system and get away from coal.”
Test drilling last year at first showed some positive results for a geo-exchange heating system, in which water from deep beneath the school would be used to help heat the building. But drilling in October raised serious doubts about the feasibility of the geo-exchange concept.
White said school officials looked at several different options for a new heating system.
Get the full story in the Silverton Standard!
Subscribe NOW to "Silverton Public Newspaper" (we are now owned by the San Juan County Historical Society).
The e-mail PDF version of the Standard is sent out every Thursday morning for only $26 a year.
Or call (970) 387-5477.