Utility and School District team up to add solar project
The Cuba City School District (CCSD) is benefitting from a new application of solar power. Thanks in part to a $30,000 grant from Cuba City Light & Water and WPPI Energy, this past summer CCSD installed solar photovoltaic (PV) panels at the high school.
CCSD installed two dual axis trackers with a total output of 5.76 kilowatts, providing approximately 10,000 kilowatt-hours of emissions-free electricity each year.
“It is our objective to be a model for the use of renewable energy,” said Gary Droessler, Director of Public Works. “By supporting community-wide renewable projects, Cuba City Light & Water is illustrating the practical use of renewable energy and enticing customers 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.
In addition to providing $5000 in labor and equipment Cuba City Light & Water pursued various grant opportunities, including funding from its power supplier WPPI Energy, to help fund the purchase and installation of the solar PV systems. The project was contracted through H&H Solar of Madison and became operational on July. A detailed output of how the system is performing and how much energy it is producing can be found on the CCSD home page CubaCity.k12.wi.us.
“We’re working hard to lead by example,” said Droessler. “The use of renewable energy is a simple step anyone can take to help create a cleaner energy future.”
With the help of Cuba City Light & Water, CCSD also has undertaken other energy efficiency and conservation efforts, including new lighting in the high school gym.
History of energy produced by the solar panels is available 24/7. You can view the current energy being produced, and various data recorded since the panels were installed in 2009.
- Two 2.887 kW dual-axis trackers
- 9,880 kWh per year
- PV panels: Kyocera KD180
- Installed by H & H Solar Energy Services
- Output detail