Alternative Energy Tourist

Wendy S. Delmater
By Wendy S. Delmater on Thu, Feb 21, 2013 - 10:09pm

Last year we went on vacation to a writing retreat in the wilds of Michigan during an off-peak season at a Boy Scouts camp.

The had a very impressive solar array, that made enough power for 1/3 of their kitchen when the huge camp was full of campers and staff. It was more than enough for while we were there in March. I thought you'd want to see the photos. Here is the mess hall, with people for scale. The solar array is on the right. 

And here is a close up of the actual array.

Note the cars for scale. We crawled around under it and took more photos, quizzing the maintenance director about the set up.

Electrical panels.

Underside.

Techincal info.

There are no batteries, which cuts to cost of installation in half. And it goes straight into DC power, then is inverted into AC power. The inverter synchronizes with the utility company and delivers only as much power as the cells can produce.

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Wendy S. Delmater
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here is current data

Here is realtime data on their solar power generation.

http://www.sunviewer.net/portals/Storer/

And a monthly peak power graph:

And here's an article about its recent construction.

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