Governor’s PV Finds a Scholastic Home

When renovations to the carriage house at the Colorado Governor’s mansion left a solar photovoltaic (PV) array without a home, the state Office of Energy Management and Conservation made sure the system didn’t go to waste. The PV array was the prize in this year’s statewide Colorado Energy Science Center (CESC) Home Energy Investigation Contest, and was won by Penrose Middle School.

Denver, Colorado – September 24, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] When renovations to the carriage house at the Colorado Governor’s mansion left a solar photovoltaic (PV) array without a home, the state Office of Energy Management and Conservation (OEMC) made sure the system didn’t go to waste. The PV array was the prize in this year’s statewide Colorado Energy Science Center (CESC) Home Energy Investigation Contest, and was won by Penrose Middle School. OEMC donated the PV system as an award that would enable the winning school to help further educate its students, parents and community members about energy efficiency and renewable energy. Students at Penrose had to study the utility bills from at least five local homes and rank the homes from least to most energy efficient. Each of the homes investigated received a free home energy audit from the Pikes Peak region weatherization agency Energy Resource Center. “Everyone is a winner because of the energy-savings knowledge and awareness gained from this experience,” said Rick Grice, OEMC director. “The PV system will serve as a constant reminder to all Penrose Middle School students and this community of how important energy, energy efficiency and renewables are to our quality of lives.” This is the third year the OEMC has sponsored the Home Energy Investigation Contest. Other sponsors include Energy Outreach Colorado, Xcel Energy Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, CH2MHill, Accent Windows, Rocky Mountain Association of Energy Engineers, Built green Colorado and the Scientific Cultural Facility District. The local utility company Aquila donated an energy meter to the school so students can keep track of when and how much energy is generated from the PV system.

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