Dodgeland School District in Juneau is benefitting from an application of solar power in the city. The community-owned utility installed an array of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels at the high school end of Dodgeland, near the greenhouse.
Dodgeland School District installed 26 solar PV panels in an awning configuration with a total output of 5.33 kilowatts, providing approximately 6600 kilowatt-hours of emissions-free electricity each year. The energy produced will be used in the high school and the performance data will be available for viewing on the Internet.
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.
Juneau Utilities 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 is contracted through H&H Solar Energy Services of Madison, Wis. and became operational on Nov. 12, 2008.
Students from Mrs. Anne Raeder’s physics and chemistry classes assisted in the installation while learning the details about solar PV from Andrew Bangert of H&H Solar Energy Services.
The balance of the project funding came from Focus on Energy, a statewide program promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy, and the Dodgeland School District.