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Open House for New Holstein Library's Solar Energy System

New Holstein Utilities and the New Holstein Library will co-host an open house to dedicate the new solary energy system on Wednesday, July 20. The event will run from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The library is located at 2115 Washington Street.

Plans to implement a demonstration renewable energy project have been ongoing for the past couple of years. A number of the utility and city buildings were evaluated for the project. The library was chosen because of its visibility in the community, building orientation, accessibility to the public, and project potential.

The photovoltaic energy system consists of 24 solar panels. Each panel can generate 205 watts of electricity or a total maximum output of 4,920 watts (4.92 KW). The estimated electric generation output is 6,100 Kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year. At NHU's current rate (including all adjustments), the estimated savings is $671 annually.

The cost of the system was $39,200. The project was paid for from a grant from WPPI Energy, a renewable energy incentive from Focus on Energy, and by NHU through funds available from our energy conservation program.

The public is invited to the open house to learn more about renewable energy. Representatives from New Holstein Utilities will be on hand to answer questions about the demonstration project, how to go about installing a system, available incentives, local ordinances and other issues. They will also provide information on how the library's system is monitored and how to view the results of the installation.

We look forward to seeing you at the open house!