Telemark Resort & Convention Center has contracted with North American Energy Co., of Stillwater, Minnestota to design and install green energy systems throughout the resort. Geothermal heating and air conditioning, tankless water heaters and hot water heat recovery are part of the new systems being incorporated.Cable, Wisconsin – November 15, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The project will include several unique features such as using the excess geothermal water for snow making and irrigation of the grounds and golf course at the resort. Telemark is utilizing North American Energy’s performance financing program which provides that the savings in utilities and maintenance will pay the cost of the retrofit. Preliminary calculations indicate that the new systems will save 60 to 70 percent on utility cost and over 7,200 tons of emissions annually. Telemark intends to develop environmental and alternative energy educational programs and to offer them along with other programs at their convention facilities. The Green Energy Systems will provide a hands on opportunity for Telemark to teach participants about global warming, green sustainable programs and equipment. The University of Wisconsin has started talks with Telemark about assisting in the development of and instruction for these educational programs. The University of Wisconsin School of Architecture and Urban Planning is building an IDEA House in Milwaukee with a focus on sustainable energy, energy saving products and elimination of pollution. North American Energy has also been selected to install geothermal and other energy saving products in that project. Bayfield Electric Cooperative the electric utility serving Telemark and Wisconsin Focus on Energy have also indicated their willingness to support the project. The first phase of the project is being planned for completion before the end of 2002. This schedule will enable the snow making portion to be operational this winter with the meeting and convention facilities new air conditioning and ventilation system in operation by spring. North American Energy provides central alternative energy systems including geothermal, wind, photovoltaics and fuel cells.