HB's Solar Powered Charging Station is up and running!
The solar powered charging station consists of an array of five photovoltaic modules installed on the Link Building roof and a workstation on the second floor of the Atrium. The PV panels are tied in to First Energy's electrical grid. While the power they produce does not go directly to the associated work station in the Atrium, by feeding back into the school, it does off-set a small portion of HB's total electricity purchased from First Energy and The Illuminating Company. The work station has a system to monitor the power drawn from the work station tables. By logging our power use at the work station and our power production from the solar panels, we can monitor when our use exceeds production and vice versa. A web-based interface at the work station will allow users to see our real-time energy use and production.
This project was made possible by generous support from:
- Dominion Resources (financial support for system components and educational materials)
- Bold Alternatives, LLC and Rob Martens (in-kind support and expertise in PV system design and installation)
- Hathaway Brown School Invention Lab (financial support for interior furnishings)