Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard

The West Liberty Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard (EEED) project has been funded a $90,000+ grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. In addition, Harshaw Trane in Louisville provided a $25,000 match and provided an additional $4,000 discount on the equipment needed to develop this project. Fahe (Federation of Appalachia Housing Enterprise) in Berea is the applicant and administrator for this project. Bobby Clark with Midwest Clean Energy Enterprise, LLC is the project manager. Kentucky Power and Licking Valley RECC provided pulse out meters needed to transmit electricity usage from remote sites. Winterwood Management that manages the Frederick Place Apartments is also a sponsor of this project.

The Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard (EEED) will monitor and evaluate energy consumption of new highly energy efficient multi-family residences at Frederick Place Apartments and two Habitat for Humanity homes built after the tornado. Two Habitat homes were selected and the grant funded the installation of solar panels on each home. They were designed to be “net zero” so the homeowners in some months would have electric bills that are in excess of the electricity generated by the solar panels. In some months, the solar panels will generate more power than consumed and home owners will receive a credit on the electric bill.

Commercial Bank West Liberty that was destroyed in the tornado was rebuilt and is certified as LEED Gold. The bank has 30 wells drilled for a renewable geothermal system. The EEED will monitor and display the energy usage at the bank, the four units at Frederick Place Apartments and the two “net zero” Habitat homes. One additional older home in the county will also be connected to the dashboard. Videos have been produced and existing videos will be available to provide school children utilizing the energy efficiency curriculum. Students will help spread the word to their friends and parents about the opportunities to see how this unique community is transforming itself in to a sustainability focused town in the foothills of coal country.

Harshaw Trane has a proven track record for implementing Education Dashboards into schools and they have designed and built the EEED. Harshaw Trane provided hardware and software needed to monitor pulse outputs from the electric meters, network engineering to get the data through the internet and into the bank, and all custom graphics, programming, and setup for a display of real-time energy comparison of the various properties.