Research Center Powers Up with 24 kW Solar Array

Solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays installed at nature or conservation sites always seems fitting. So, it’s no surprise that the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) gave Northern Power Systems of Vermont a grant to construct and install a solar PV system at the Black Rock Forest Consortium’s Center for Science and Education in Cornwall, New York.

The Black Rock Center for Science sits on a 3,785-acre preserve, and is dedicated to scientific research, environmental education, and conservation of natural ecosystems. Northern’s PV system will be installed on a center building dedicated to research, which is also a sustainable energy facility that has self-composting toilets, solar radiation, and geothermal heating and cooling systems. The site also has a sophisticated data acquisition system in place for research and educational purposes. The 24 kW PV system will provide electricity directly to the site, and is expected to offset almost 50 percent of the building’s electrical load. There are two system components: a large array on the roof of the Science Center and a series of additional ground-mounted arrays located throughout the area of the site. PV arrays will be also be connected to the grid, and are expected to be operational by June of 2005. The PV system will be rated at 24 kW DC at Standard Test Conditions (STC), and is designed to have an annual output of approximately 28,900 kWh AC. To further the Center’s educational mission, Northern will also provide its SmartView data monitoring system to the project, so detailed information about the system’s real-time operation can be made available to visitors to the center as well as local schools. “Researchers and students alike will benefit from the system’s implementation,” said Dr. William S.F. Schuster, Executive Director of the Black Rock Forest Consortium. “It also perfectly illustrates and expands upon Black Rock’s dual commitment to renewable energy and environmental education.”
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