PV Panels Used to Educate at Aquatic Center

Using space atop the shade structure near the children’s wading pool, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has installed a 7 kW solar array at the Folsom Aquatic Center, that will produce electricity, and help run the pool pumps. The newly installed solar array has also given SMUD the opportunity to use the latest technology, a new “peel and stick” solar module that greatly simplifies the installation process.

Sacramento, California – August 27, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The City of Folsom approached SMUD about installing this PV system in an effort to educate children about conservation through solar power. Kids can see the solar panels from atop the water slide, and they can gauge how much solar power is being generated and used by viewing the information on a converter display affixed to the shade structure. “We’re proud to work with SMUD to help youngsters learn about Renewable Energy and how it can provide clean electric power in the future,” said Folsom Mayor Jeff Starsky. SMUD has been a national leader on the solar power frontier for more than a decade and recently passed the 10 MW milestone in local solar electric power installations, enough to meet the annual power needs of more than 3,300 homes. SMUD continues to lead the way in the development and commercialization of grid-connected PV applications.
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