Coordinated Press Release-Frontier School Corporation, Town of Chalmers, Indiana Municipal Power Agency
A member of the Frontier School Corporation School Board and Mr. Dan Sichting, Superintendent met with Mrs. Faith Willoughby, two members of the Chalmers Town Board, representatives from Performance Services, and representatives from the Indiana Municipal Power Agency on Monday, March 16, 2020 at the Chalmers Municipal Building. During the meeting, participants discussed the financial impact of a Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School Solar Array on the Town of Chalmers as well as electrical consumers of the Town of Chalmers.
During the meeting, representatives from the Indiana Municipal Power Agency indicated the installation of a solar array at Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School would have no significant negative financial impact on the Town of Chalmers or consumers of electricity from the Town of Chalmers if Chalmers considers and adopts the new rates. At present Chalmers is working to adopt a new rate structure that will collect the distribution charges equitably from all customers, including the school. Representative from the Indiana Municipal Power Agency indicated that the Chalmers Utility proposed rate structure was designed so that negative impacts would be minimized for the Town of Chalmers and consumers of electricity from the Town of Chalmers.
The negative impact of the installation of a solar array at Frontier Jr.-Sr. High School would be limited to the Indiana Municipal Power Agency and the impact was estimated to be two thousand ($2,000) dollars or less, however, this estimate will be dependent on the size of solar panels the school installs and the actual load pattern of the school.
At this point, Frontier School Corporation is waiting on a study from the Indiana Municipal Power Agency on the upgrade of lines and switches from the Town of Chalmers to a local substation to transmit excess power generated by the proposed array to be placed on the electric grid. The cost of the study and upgrade of the electric lines and switches will be paid for by Frontier School Corporation.