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New Holstein's Power Supplier Harnesses Sun's Power

New Holstein's power supplier, Wiscconsin Public Power Inc. (WPPI), recently installed two 2.8 kilowatt (KW) photovoltaic solar arrays at its Sun Prairie headquarters. The solar panels, which became operational on August 21, are mounted on poles and equipped with sunlight-tracking technology so they can move and tilt with the sun's path across the sky. In doing so the system's efficiency is increased by as much as 30%.

The installation will provide approximately 9,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of emissions-free electricity each year, or enough electricity to power three energy-conscious homes. The sytem installed by WPPI cost approximately $60,000. A smaller system installed by the average homeowner would cost less than half the amount spent by WPPI. Homeowners and businesses can take advantage of federal tax credits and utility incentives to help in offsetting the costs associated with installing a photovoltaic system.

The employees of WPPI have worked hard to conserve energy at the WPPI facility. Initially, the organization set a goal to reduce electric consumption by 10% in two years. In less than 18 months, they achieved a 15% reduction. Their effort earned WPPI's facility the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's prestigious ENERGY STAR, the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy performance.

New Holstein Utilities' customers can also participate in renewable energy projects and receive incentives. Both WPPI and NHU offer incentives for the installation of solar and wind energy projects. For more information on available incentives please contact our office.

New Holstein Utilities is a member-owner of WPPI, a regional electric company serving 49 customer-owned electric utilities. WPPI member utilities share resources and own generation facilities to provide reliable, affordable electricity to more than 188,000 homes and businesses in Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and Iowa.