The La Crosse School District will have a green addition to its newest elementary school.
Monday night, the school board approved using geothermal energy to heat and cool the new Northside Elementary School. It replaces a traditional boiler and uses underground temepratures to control temperatures in the building.
While geothermal energy costs an additional $300,000, yearly utility costs will be about $24,000 cheaper, meaning the school will make its money back in about 12 years. "Typically our schools last 60, 70, 80 years; if you look at that, it will pay for itself probably 11 times over," said Buildings and Grounds Supervisor Joe Ledvina.
The district is applying for a state incentive's program and rebates from Xcel Energy to cut the installation cost.