On August 28th at 10am the solar array we installed for the Bonneville Environmental Foundation at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles, OR will be dedicated.
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
5000 Discovery Drive
The Dalles, OR 97058
Here’s the Discovery Center announcement:
Join us as we officially dedicate our new Renewable Energy Exhibit with a ribbon cutting. The exhibit, funded by Google and Bonneville Environmental Foundation, adds to the available power utilized by the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, and provides an educational opportunity on using solar power as a renewable energy resource. The exhibit is in three locations; the Solar Pavilion, sponsored by Google, is an interpretive exhibit on renewable energy that includes schematics of solar energy systems and a real-time display inside the museum of solar energy being produced. The Bonneville Foundation sponsored exhibit on renewable energy is an interactive display that highlights alternative energy sources.
This exhibit was made possible in part through a $50,000 grant provided by Google and a $25,000 grant provided by Bonneville Environmental Foundation. The project was planned by the Delta Energy Club at Columbia Gorge Community College, and installed by Hire Electric.
Coffee, punch and cookies provided. The event is free to the public.
Sorensen Construction (aka Common Energy) built an amazing wood frame pavilion that we installed 10 – SolarWorld 270 watt solar panels on with Enphase M250 micro inverters. The system ties into the main museum electrical distribution and helps to reduce their bill and provide an alternative energy education opportunity for museum goers.
We just finished this 15kW solar array on the roof of the new Palmer Martin Building at Yakima Valley Community College. We used SolarWorld 280 watt mono solar panels, Unirac UL-A racking system and Enphase M250 Micro Inverters.
— Hire Electric Solar (@hireelectric) November 21, 2014
6kW SolarWorld pole building in Klickitat County helps keep the meter running backwards for this small tree farm. The micro inverters tie into the existing electrical panel in the pole barn, distributing the energy to the entire farm. If power is being used in the home or at the well or in the barn the solar produced electrons will meet then need, virtually running the meter backwards. If no power is used on site a credit will be established on the meter for night time, next month or the long dark winter…