The Urban Ecology Center, a nonprofit community center located in Milwaukee, Wis., recently completed the installation of a 44.4 kW grid-connected solar electric system.
The completion of the state's largest solar system is due in part to technical assistance and a $64,428 cash-back reward from Focus on Energy, which offers financial assistance for individuals and businesses located in areas served by electric utilities participating in the Focus on Energy Program.
The system, which was installed by Kyocera, uses 256 solar panels that are expected to generate 55,000 kWh of electricity per year – enough to prevent more than 53 tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year. In addition, the system is expected to meet 40% of the Urban Ecology Center's electrical needs.
‘Not only will this system contribute to our state's goal of producing 10 percent of our electricity from renewable sources by 2010, it will reduce emissions released into our environment through traditional energy production,’ says Dan Ebert, chairperson of the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin.