Major solar power systems installed at Ojai school

The Thacher School, a 127-year-old boarding school in Ojai, is in the midst of receiving one of the largest solar power systems at a private school in California, thanks to a senior class gift.

San Diego-based Sullivan Solar Power will install the 676,139-watt system, which will offset 1.4 million pounds of carbon dioxide annually, a first step in achieving the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, also known as being a “green building.”

“We live in a place with so much sunshine, where it makes sense to think about solar,” said Ed Bennett, the director of facilities for the Thacher School. “We are looking at 81 percent electrical usage covered by our solar array, and more than a 35 percent greenhouse gas reduction.”

The system will be a part of Southern California Edison’s net energy metering program, earning the school credit for returning unused energy to the grid. Though the program is ending soon, the Thacher School will be allowed to take part for the next 20 years, having been grandfathered in.

American Pickers looking for local antique collectors

Hit History Channel program American Pickers announced that filming will take place in California this coming March, making a stop in Ventura County a possibility if you’ve got the right stuff.

Hosts Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, expert antique “pickers,” scour the country for unique antiques forgotten by time to give them a new lease on life by repurposing them.

As with any reality show, the program is in search of leads on antiques as well as the interesting characters who own them. In a press release, the producers say that they are on the hunt for vintage bicycles, toys, movie memorabilia, folk art and “unusual radios.”

For consideration of your private collection, send your name, phone number, location and a description of the collection with photos to or call 855-old-rust.

Job opportunities at Oxnard company

An Oxnard communications business has expanded, adding 40 new members to its staff.

Frontier Communications, an Internet service provider specializing in broadband and security services, added 40 full-time consumer sales associate positions, all of whom began training on Feb. 8 at its Oxnard Collection Center. The new hires will be added to the growing customer service center and will assist customers with billing questions and issues.

The move comes as Frontier acquires Verizon’s wireline businesses in California, Texas and Florida, which will be complete by the end of the first quarter, 2016.

Ellen Amarosa, director of credit and collections for Frontier, says that the firm has plans to hire up to 60 more in the growing customer service center.

“These positions demonstrate Frontier’s commitment to our customers and to the communities we serve, providing job growth that will help sustain local economies throughout Ventura County,” said Melinda White, Frontier’s west region president, in a statement.

— Chris O’Neal