Going green

The SHS Residential Construction class: Thomas O’Connor, Derek Malo, Hayden Jeppeson, Caleb Moeller, Kyle Shamion and Shannon Morris.

The recent solar install at the home of Randi Faeth and Lisa Dutton went as planned and Mr. Hickman’s Residential Construction class from Sundance High School visited for a demo/training of the system last Wednesday.

The installation was made possible by a grant from the Wyoming Business Council State Energy Program and is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The purpose of the grant is to provide up to ten thousand dollars ($10,000) or fifty percent (50%) of needed funding, whichever is less, to be used to purchase and/or install residential photovoltaic components for a Wyoming residence. They also received a $2500 no interest loan from Powder River Energy to help defray the cost of the system.

As a part of the grant, once the equipment is installed and operating, the homeowners will make quarterly reports for one full year thereafter. The reports will include discussions of how the equipment is operating, and if there are any problems to report. The system is web-based and can show how each individual panel or the complete system is operating/producing by simply going online.

Creative Energies out of Lander installed the system. They are the same company that did the renewable energies at the visitor center.