UW Installs Solar Array in Menasha
A solar photovoltaic (PV) array was installed on the roof of the UW-Platteville building on the UW-Fox Valley campus with assistance from Menasha Utilities' wholesale power provider WPPI Energy. The array will produce approximately 14,430 kilowatt hours of electricity annually, which is about 9 percent of the electric consumption for the building. The solar PV system onsite will offer engineering students opportunities to work on real-world renewable energy equipment and help faculty with renewable energy-related research projects. In addition, the school plans to present workshops to introduce the installed PV system, and class/research projects enabled by the solar PV system. UW-Platteville received $13,750 through an MU and WPPI Energy program that provides incentive funding for non-profit organizations looking to do a renewable energy project on their property. Click here to read the press release.
Neenah-Menasha Sewage Treatment Plant
Menaha Utilities and WPPI Energy teamed up with the Neenah-Menasha Sewage Commission in 2002 for a renewable energy project that converts methane gas into a renewable energy source. Through a high-tech methane generator installed at the Sewage Treatment Plant, the unit produces about 250,000 kW of energy each month, enough to power the needs of nearly 416 homes!
Solar Project at Maplewood Middle School
Recently, Menasha Utilities completed a solar project at Maplewood Middle School. The solar array consists of 1050 watt solar panels which are connected to the grid via a "Sunny Boy" power inverter that converts the DC power from the panels to standard AC power. Along with the panels, monitoring equipment was installed to detect wind speed and direction. All of this information will combine with power from the wind turbine that was installed last year and downloaded to a website that the school can access and use for science and math classes.
Fire Station Solar Project
Menasha Utilities worked with the City of Menasha to help fund the installation of 22 roof mounted solar photovoltaic panels (PV) with a total output of 5.28 kW. PV panels collect energy from sunlight and convert it into electricity, providing renewable, emissions free energy. To learn more about the system, please contact Adam Alix with the City of Menasha Department of Public Works at 920-967-5102.