KRUU TAKES PART IN NATIONAL SOLAR TOUR | Open house 1- 5pm Sat
Event is free and open to the public. Details available at www.ases.org/tour or 319 594-0086. [Click on "Read more" below for complete list of local solar tour sites.] Last year's National Solar Tour attracted more than 150,000 people in 49 U.S. states and Puerto Rico.
Come first to the New Sustainable Living Building on the west side of campus just north of the MUM Library (1010 N 4th St., look for the wind generator!). Pick up your guide to other tour locations and visit in any order. Knowledgeable folks will be on hand to answer questions at each site.
Visit more than half a dozen solar-powered homes and businesses around Fairfield to learn more about using the sun to power your home, heat your water, lower your utility bill and reduce your carbon footprint! The MUM Dept of Sustainable Living is sponsoring the tour in partnership with the American Solar Energy Society, who has mobilized communities across the country to showcase their solar power all on the same day- the world's largest grassroots solar event!
Detailed Tour Info:
Sustainable Living Center, David Fisher host 641-919-2372
Address 1040 N 4th Street, Fairfield , Iowa
North of the MUM library, look for the wind generator tower
10 kw wind generator (Bergey XL 10 23 foot diameter blades on a 100 ft tower), 12 kw of PV, 750 sq feet of evacuated tube solar hot water collectors, 5,000 hot water storage gallon tank
Lonnie and Valerie Gamble home, 1860 Woodland Dr 641-451-0499
1860 Woodland Dr, Fairfield, Iowa
2 kw of PV, 3 kw wind turbine (Whisper wind turbine,16 foot diameter blades, 40 foot tower)
3.6 kw inverter capacity, 24 volt system
90 square feet of solar hot water panels
Abundance Ecovillage, host Ken Walton 641-472- 8370
5 kw solar electric, 10 kw wind turbine (Bergey XL 10 w/23 foot diameter blades on a 100 ft tower)
12 kw inverter capacity
Solar hot water on individual homes
SEED Center, Corner of N B and 185th street, Molly Haviland host - 720-261-4462
1.8 kw PV, 1 kw wind turbine (Bergey XL 1, 8.2 foot blade diameter)
4 kw Schneider inverter
Toba Pearl home, near Lonnie and Valerie's home 641-451-0974
1 kw PV
3.6 kw inverter, 24 volts system
KRUU FM, solar powered community radio, 2nd street near the railroad tracks James Moore host 641-233-1617
2 kw PV
4 kw inverter
Grid tied w/batteries
Sky Factory, Corner of Kelp and Stone (3- 5 ONLY) Faith Reeves host 641-
Power rating: 54 kw PV
Annual energy output: 79.062 annual output
Microinverters (one inverter per panel)
Check out the Business Supported Agriculture project.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN SOLAR ENERGY SOCIETY:
Established in 1954, the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society is the nation's leading association of solar professionals and grassroots advocates. Supported by more than 7,000 members, the ASES mission is to speed the transition to a sustainable energy economy. ASES advances education, research and policy, inspiring the nation to go solar. ASES publishes the award-winning SOLAR TODAY magazine, presents the National Solar Conference, and leads the National Solar Tour – the world's largest grassroots solar event.