Teaching Families About Solar Energy

Joanna Schroeder

Pacific Power Renewables has completed a 177.7 KW solar PV project that will provide all the energy needs for the Aerospace Museum of California in McClellan, California, just north of Sacramento. As part of the project, the museum is using the solar system to help educate children and adults about solar energy.

The roof-mounted system consists of 756 Motech 235 watt modules with an estimated annual production of 265,430 kWh, enough to power the museum. Recent testing showed that the solar installation was producing electricity at 111 percent of estimated annual production.

“Going solar was a strategic move for the Aerospace Museum of California. We save on energy costs and we can use this as an educational tool for our students,” said Roxanne Yonn Executive Director of the Museum. “The STEM principles of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are all demonstrated through the use of solar. In partnering with Pacific Power Renewables, we created an exhibit that demonstrates how solar works inspiring the scientists of tomorrow.”

The museum has a strong and growing program based on hands-on, practical experiences related to math, science, technology and engineering for students from elementary to community college. The Aerospace Learning Center has hosted thousands of students over the years as well as held special events attended by visiting astronauts. The museum’s Aerospace Learning Center Programs are designed to get students excited about aviation.

“I am happy to have been a part of helping the Aerospace museum achieve a green initiative and at the same time reduce their electricity expense,” said David Dwelle, president of Pacific Power Renewables. “An additional win came from the love of aviation that runs deep throughout our family’s lineage. The final win was the relationship with Flyers Energy who provided the tax equity financing.”

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