Two Warren County elementary schools are setting an example that is stretching across the nation. Representatives from North Carolina State Energy toured Jody Richards and Richardsville Elementary Tuesday with Kentucky state officials. Using geothermal heating and solar panels, Richardsville Elementary manages to generate more energy than it consumes because of the way it was designed.
"We literally had to rethink everything we thought we knew about designing a building and asked ourselves, how does this decision affect energy consumption?" said architect, Kenny Stanfield.
Although Jody Richards isn't generating electricity and doesn't have solar panels it is operating more efficiently than Richardsville. Warren County School officials say Richardsville Elementary was paid nearly $37,000 by TVA for the electricity it produced.