Gustavus Renewable Energy Projects

Johnson Center for Environmental Innovation

Solar thermal—Melva Lind Interpretive Center (partial funding from Clean Energy Resource Teams)

Side-by-side demonstration of flat plate (Solar Skies) and evacuated tube solar (Apricus) collectors
Supplements building heat
Installation by Johnson Center (TraverSoleil LLC)

Solar thermal—Jackson Campus Center (funded by an anonymous donor)

16 Next Generation Energy NGE-224-TU panels
Ballast mounted to avoid roof penetrations
Supplies partial water heating to Campus Center (includes Dining Services)
Installation by Energy Concepts, Inc. of Hudson, WI

Summary of 8 months of performance

Solar thermal—Lund Center (funded by an anonymous donor)

24 Solar Skies SS-40 panels
Supplies partial pool heating and domestic hot water
Uses an existing storage tank installed in 1984 in anticipation of solar
Installation by Energy Concepts, Inc. of Hudson, WI

Summary of 8 months of performance

Solar thermal—Beck Hall (funded by an anonymous donor)

60 Solar Skies SS-40 flat plate panels
Provides building heat and summer air conditioning reheat
Installation by subcontractors under LKBP Engineers, Inc.

Solar electric—Olin Hall (funded by an anonymous donor)

Three technologies side-by-side:

All located on an accessible roof for student access.
Data monitoring online

Wind electric—Big Hill Farm campus garden (funded by the National Science Foundation)

Skystream 3.7 turbine (2.1 KW rated power @ 24.6 mph)
45-ft hinged monopole tower
Turbine and tower supplied by Today’s Alternatives of St. Peter, MN
Installed January 2012 by Gustavus Physical Plant staff

Installation and operating data information page

Solar electric system in progress—Beck Hall (funded by an anonymous donor)

40 KW system to be installed by ABLE Energy (delayed by tariff dispute with China over panel imports)