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NEWINGTON BETTER WORKOUTS BETTER RESULTS Town Crier Join here today. 19 95 $ per mon th Just show up, bring this ad, sign up and get started. newington new britain 667.3200 224.1100 directions to the newington club: Cedar St. (Rte. 175) towards CCSU right onto Fenn Rd. past Stop & Shop, then right onto Commerce Ct. “Best Health & Fitness Centers” Friday, January 6, 2012 Solar school A season to slide John Wallace Middle School plans to save money, energy and resources by installing solar panels on its roof By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER Rob Heyl | Staff Grayson Foster, 13, of Newington slides across a platform on the new snowboard and bindings he got for Christmas at the Mt. Southington Ski Area in Southington. John Wallace Middle School has an alternative to heat and electricity in its future, with solar panels being installed on about two-thirds of its roof once a building permit application is finalized. “We’re all excited about the opportunities and the savings they bring, we just don’t know when it’s going to start,” Principal Dave Milardo said Tuesday of the project, which has an estimated installation cost of about $700,000. Funding comes from an American Recovery & Reinvestment Act grant and DBS Energy, the Berlin-based company to build and own the power plant. A portion of the school’s roof was replaced this year in preparation for the 442 solar panels, which will generate 112,000 INSIDE: A portion of the school’s roof was replaced this year in preparation for the 442 solar panels, which will generate 112,000 kilowatts annually... Light & Power will bill the school at a 20 percent lower rate for electricity, so the environmentally-friendly addition also comes with a significant savings. “The power plant will provide electricity for about 20 percent of the building,” Jachimowicz said. “Next summer we’re scheduled to have the rest of the roof replaced. If everything goes as planned, we’re expecting to have 30 to 40 percent of the building covered, as far as how much of the power they can produce and deflect from CL&P.” Panels were installed on the kilowatts annually according to See SCHOOL, Page 7 Erik Bartone, spokesperson for Free DBS Energy. This is the equiva- Volume 52, No. 49 lent annual electrical demand of 12 average homes in Connecticut. The alternative energy company is functioning as a replacement for CL&P, says the Board of Education’s Business Manager Lou Jachimowicz. Connecticut Woman accused in killing pleads self-defense, Page 6 Local health care workers back to work, but threat of lock out, contract squabbles remain, Page 8 Town Planner Ed Meehan to retire after 22 years of service, Page 9 Allana Carey

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