March 07, 2017

Central Cass Schools receives rebate for geothermal heating system

Central Cass Schools employees receive a rebate check from our company

Central Cass Schools received a $48,000 rebate from our company for upgrading to a new geothermal heating system.

In addition to the up-front rebate, the school will save approximately $59,000 in annual heating costs for upgrading the previous geothermal system to a new energy-efficient model, compared to a conventional electric heating system. “They also chose to install the new geothermal system on our off-peak Dual Fuel Rate instead of our standard electric rate, which will save them another $43,000 a year,” said Otter Tail Power Company Energy Management Representative Brad Nelson. “That’s more than $100,000 in combined annual savings.”

Geothermal heat pumps are among the most efficient and environmentally friendly heating and cooling systems on the market. They move free heat from underground into a building to keep it warm in the winter, and move heat out of the building to keep it cool in the summer.

The school is planning to start building improvements this spring, and replacing the geothermal system was a necessity. “We were excited to learn of the rebate option, especially since the amount was significant,” said Central Cass Schools Business Manager Pam Utt. “We’re looking forward to expanding our energy efficiency options even more as we remodel and add on to our school in the coming years.”

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Photo caption: Central Cass Schools Superintendent Morgan Forness and Business Manager Pam Utt accept a rebate check from Otter Tail Power Company Energy Management Representative Brad Nelson for the school’s geothermal heating upgrade.