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Center Grove adding geothermal wells; project to cost $1.2 million

Geothermal energy will be used to heat and cool three Center Grove buildings later this year.

The school district will pay two companies more than $1.2 million to dig geothermal wells at Center Grove and North Grove Elementary schools. That amount will also cover the cost of a third well for the Professional Resource Center, which was formerly Maple Grove Elementary School and now houses the alternative academy and police department.

The wells will be several hundred feet deep and use water running through a tube to gather heat from ground water, which then runs back into the building for heating and cooling, director of maintenance Dave Statler said.

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