By Abigail Hall, The Wichita Eagle
On Tuesday, a Sedgwick County school, Maize High School, set live a solar power system capable of producing enough energy in one day to power the school for a month. The 720 solar panel, 240 kw (kilowatt) system is the largest privately-owned system in Kansas, said Stan Bergkamp, physics and chemistry teacher, and the instigator of the project. The system is 400 feet long and 75 wide and stands in an empty field adjacent to the high school. Bergkamp said the threat of climate change was one of the driving forces for pursuing the project . . . “Without doubt the strongest supporters I have are the students that I have, and kids I’ve taught,” Bergkamp said. “What I underestimated when I started the project was the emotional impact it would have on my students and how proud they are to be a part of it.”
Photo Credit: King Solar
FROM OPPD BLOG – THE WIRE
Kennedy’s role involves exploring energy solutions, by Laura King-Homan
Courtney Kennedy doesn’t just tour wind farms. Kennedy, OPPD’s manager for alternative energy programs, and her team also research new alternative energy technologies, explore partnerships with large customers and work with system planning groups on how to best meet OPPD’s future load needs with alternative energy solutions.
HAPPENING IN OTHER STATES
- In Michigan: Consumers Energy gets nod to embark on 5-GW solar plan, phase out coal, Renewables Now
- Google plans $17M expansion in Michigan to add ‘significant’ number of jobs, FOX Business
- N.J. offers initial blueprint for shift to 100% clean energy by 2050, American Public Power Association. The draft Energy Master Plan is available here.
- World’s largest battery system planned for Nevada solar plant, PV Magazine
- Five Texas Electric Coops Sign Collective Solar Power Purchase Agreement, Solar Magazine
Though small, the collective negotiation and purchase marks a first for the Texas solar power market, as well as a first for Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI) SHINE distribution-scale, community solar energy program.
- Six Flags Great Adventure Now Powered by Solar Energy, Finger Lakes Times
- This Virginia city is rooted in tobacco, but its revival is drawing power from solar, Energy News Network
- Walmart, US Solar Announce Agreement for 36 Community Solar Gardens, PR Newswire