Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Solar Power

The Fayetteville Public Library in Arkansas has installed a solar test bed on top of its roof to help produce electrical power and reduce energy costs. Garver provided guidance to University of Arkansas students in developing construction plans and specifications for the 60-panel, 15kW solar cell test bed facility. The test bed facility also includes a kiosk for public education and smart-meter for utility integration. A Website has been launched that shows the real-time energy generated by the solar array.

Garver's involvement included coordinating the project, conducting meetings, mentoring students, and providing quality control. Garver Electrical Engineer Bart Gilbreath, PE led Garver's services and helped students recognize the "real-world" implications of the engineering design process, such as functionality, safety, and system longevity.

The Library recently held a public presentation to show off its new technology. The project was funded through a $60,000 grant from the International City/County Management Association.

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