Wahlert Tennis Center Now Powered by the Sun
Eagle Point Solar and Van Meter Inc. donate solar array
Dubuque, IA – The lights at Wahlert Catholic High School’s Bernie O’Connor Tennis Center in Dubuque, IA, are now powered by the sun thanks to the generosity of two local businesses, Eagle Point Solar and Van Meter Inc. The companies collaborated to gift the school a 1.32-kilowatt solar energy array.
The solar array will positively impact the environment, assist in reducing school operating costs and provide an educational opportunity for local students and community members
“Our students have been investigating and pitching the idea of renewable energy at Wahlert for over two years, and to see their dream become a reality is inspiring and will benefit generations to come. This system is going to be a valuable teaching tool – especially for students wishing to explore STEM career fields,” stated Korrin Schriver, Wahlert Science Department Chair and Science Teacher.
Eagle Point Solar contributed their expertise and labor with design, engineering and installation services. Van Meter donated the physical materials necessary for the project. Engineered to meet the electrical needs of the tennis center, the array consists of four 325-watt AXITEC modules and two APS micro-inverters.
“Our objective was to create an opportunity for students to learn about the benefits of solar technology and provide a practical, effective and sustainable energy solution at the tennis campus, stated Randy Ambrosy, Eagle Point Solar Vice President of Operations. “We are confident this project achieves both and we’re grateful to our supplier Van Meter for their partnership in making this a reality.”
“We believe giving back in the communities where we work and live is vital to our success,” explained Chad Wiltz, Energy Services and Solutions Manager at Van Meter. “When it comes to renewable energy, we lead by example powering several of our own facilities with solar and we welcome the opportunity to help others embrace the technology.”
Over its useful life, the array will generate clean power equivalent to planting 885 trees, recycling 120 tons of waste or offsetting the burning of 18.5 tons of coal.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the project is planned at the tennis courts at 1:00 p.m. on June 5, 2019.