Passion Projects

Our Passion Projects:

We are passionate about the way solar PV can change the way the world utilizes energy and space.  Please contact us if you would like to help in any way develop projects like these.

Solar Wells:

This project idea came from discussions with Pastor Samuel Kariuki of Dream Center Kenya.  His organization is working on a project that will provide water to an area of Kenya that does not have clean water or consistent power delivery.

Originally designed for agricultural use in remote areas. This is a well with a stand-alone solar PV DC water pump powered by the Sun that fills a storage container during the daylight hours.  This product was designed for farming, but can be used in developing countries to provide safe drinking water and irrigation.   Solar wells can help people have a long- term sustainable water supply for animals and people.

Cow Canopies & Crop Canopies

This project idea came from the question: “How could we save the farmland that some people are using for solar generation?”

Cow Canopies – A solar power plant designed using pastureland for solar generation that allows for continuing use of that land as pasture.   This can be done with canopies or tracking systems that have larger than normal bases.  The system provides shade and some element protection for the animals and extra solar income for the landowner.

Crop Canopies – A solar power plant designed using agricultural land for solar generation that allows for continuing use of that land for farming.   This can be done with canopies or tracking systems that have higher than normal bases allowing for equipment to pass under the array.  The system is designed to allow for growing crops under the array and extra solar income for the landowner.

Summer Camp Solar

Camps have unique power needs.  It is difficult to have a camp that stays rural and natural while having remote buildings have basic modern amenities Americans have come to expect.  This project idea came from the volunteers at Treasure Valley Scout Reservation. {link: http://www.mohegancouncilbsa.org/tvsr/}

This Boy Scout camp has had 3 phases of solar development and is expanding to a 4th and 5th phase.  In Phase 1 & 2, two solar arrays equaling over 7MW are leasing space providing for income to help support the camp, while only using about 5% of the land.  In Phase 3, a team from WPI, a local university, designed off-grid solar lighting for all campsites providing light in remote sites.  In Phase 4, the camp is applying for grants to install grid-tied solar on camp buildings that will help teach about sustainability, provide direct renewable power, and lower operating expenses for the camp.  In Phase 5, the camp is exploring the idea of having a portion of camp have the option of electricity independent of the grid.

Contact us if you have a camp that needs systems like this or would like to donate to help a summer camp.