Solar System Description – provided by H & H Solar – the installers of the system.
New Holstein Utilities
Contact: Frank Barth or Randy Jaeckels
New Holstein Utilities supports solar project
New Holstein, WI March, 2011 – Electric customers in New Holstein are benefitting from a new application of solar power in the city. In cooperation with the New Holstein Public Library Board, New Holstein Utilities recently contracted with H & H Solar of Madison to install an array of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels at the New Holstein Public Library.
Twenty-four fixed, roof-mounted panels were installed with a total output of 4.9 kilowatts, providing approximately 6,100 kilowatt-hours of emissions-free electricity each year. “It is our objective to be a model for the use of renewable energy,” said New Holstein Utilities General Manager Randy Jaeckels. “By supporting community-wide renewable projects, New Holstein Utilities is illustrating the practical use of renewable energy and we are encouraging customers, through Federal and local incentive programs, to do the same.”
Solar PV systems collect energy from sunlight and convert it into electricity, providing renewable, emissions-free energy. These highly visible projects demonstrate the technology, while educating the community on their benefits, operation and performance.
New Holstein Utilities pursued various grant opportunities, including funding from its power supplier, WPPI Energy, and Focus on Energy, Wisconsin’s statewide program for energy efficiency and renewable energy, to help fund the purchase and installation of the solar PV system.
New Holstein Utilities was presented a $10,886 grant from Focus on Energy and a $20,474 grant from WPPI Energy toward the purchase and installation of the $39,200 system. New Holstein Utilities, using proceeds from its local energy efficiency improvement fund, covered the remaining $7,840 and added an additional $2,300 for an output monitoring system. The project became operational on March 17, 2011. The monitoring system will enable citizens,
teachers and students to view the solar electric system’s power production at any given time through a link on library and utility web sites.
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New Holstein Utilities is a member of WPPI Energy, a regional power company serving 51 customer-owned electric utilities. Through WPPI Energy, these public power utilities share resources and own generation facilities to provide reliable, affordable electricity to more than 195,000 homes and businesses in Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and Iowa. Visit online at www.wppienergy.org.