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MAREA Workshops 2008

Solar Panel Installation at the Kempton Fire Co.

Lee Kauffman, a partner at Berks Solar, LLC , supervised the installation. Kauffman, of Fleetwood, has 25 years commercial and industrial electrical experience in the Berks County area.
 

The 2.0kw system will generate electricity for use by the fire company and any excess electricity not used, will be sold back to the electric utility, Med Ed, at the same rate paid by the fire company.

The two-day session included installation of the roof mounting racks and photovoltaic panels, and an inverter to convert the electricity to the utility’s voltage and waveform. The system is intertied into a three-phase, 208 volt, 400 amp, electrical service.

The class was taught by master electrician and community college instructor Jenny Eigenberger. Eigenberger has been a speaker at the PA Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living Festival and is a renewable energy and electrician apprentice instructor at
Lakeshore Technical College in Wisconsin.

The system, valued at $18,000, was donated through a partnership of MAREA and local and state government groups as a community service and educational project. A Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development grant of $5,000 through the office of Rep. David Argall (R-124) helped defray part of the equipment purchase, as did the Albany Township Board of Supervisors, who applied towards the equipment purchase the $3,200 entertainment tax from last year's Pennsylvania Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Festival at the Kempton Fairgrounds.


The Wind Turbine is Flying High at the
Kempton Community Center


Raising the Tower


3.7 Skystream Wind Turbine flying high
at the Kempton Community Center

 

The Installation of a 3.7 Skystream Wind Turbine was completed at the Kempton Community Recreation Center in Kempton, PA on Wed. Aug. 6th.

In a workshop sponsored by MAREA, students learned the basics of small, grid-tied residential wind-turbine systems, site selection and design, the permit process, electrical safety and installation of a Skystream 3.7 wind turbine with a 50-foot monopole tilt-up Tec Wind tower under the supervision of experienced electricians.

The three-day workshop included classroom instruction, assembly and practice raising of the tower, installation of the wind turbine and wiring to intertie with the local utility.

The class was taught by master electrician and community college instructor Jenny Heinzen. Jenny has been a speaker at the Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living Festival and is a renewable energy and apprentice electrician instructor at Lakeshore Technical College in Wisconsin.

Lee Kauffman, a partner at Berks Solar, LLC , supervised the installation. Lee has 25 years commercial and industrial electrical experience in the Berks County area.


   
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