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solar-classroom

  • Installed June 2011 by RREAL (Pine River, MN)
  • Made in Mexico from U.S. components.
  • 8 Kilowatts at peak power. The system is two-sided, with 6 kw from the top side and an additional 2 kw from bottom (reflected solar from white rocks).
  • $88,000 investment, funded by U.S. Department of Energy grant.

Check out our current solar production for this array.

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  • Installed October 2012 by Empowered Energy Systems (Hotchkiss, CO) and Trosen Electric (Hackensack, MN).
  • Made by Sharp, and manufactured in Tennessee.
  • 18.0 kilowatts at peak power. The system is connected directly into DPLC system, with surplus sold back to the grid.
  • $40,000 investment, funded by Deep Portage Foundation campaign.

Check out the current solar production for this array.

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  • Installed June 2014 by Empowered Energy Systems (Hotchkiss, CO) and Trosen Electric (Hackensack, MN).
  • Panels made by Suniva (Norcross, GA).
  • 13.5 kilowatts at peak power. The system is connected directly into DPLC system, with surplus sold back to the grid.
  • $49,000 investment, funded by the Deep Portage Foundation.

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  • Re-designed and re-installed July 2014 by Grant Brekke Plumbing (Minnetonka, MN), Jim Balenthin (Backus, MN), and friends.
  • Evacuated Tubes manufactured in Ireland. Frame manufactured in Brainerd, MN.
  • 500 gallons of hot water per day at peak (80% of our needs at full capacity).
  • $86,000 investment, funded by the Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR–Lottery Funds).
  • solar-furnacesManufactured and installed in June 2011 by RREAL (Pine River, MN).
  • The furnaces are large boxes that harness solar energy to heat air.
  • 40% of the winter heating needs of classrooms 1 and 2 are supplied by the solar furnaces.
  • $5,500 investment, funded by the Deep Portage Foundation.
  • remote-solar-installationTwo free-standing solar arrays installed in 2010 at the Deep Portage maintenance yard.
  • 660 watt array, funded by the Deep Portage Foundation, provides electricity for the archery classroom.
  • 2 kilowatt array, funded by the family of Bud Smith and the Deep Portage Foundation, is grid-tied and helps to offset our monthly energy costs.
  • Total investment of $16,000.

Our wind turbine (see the wind energy page) is named in honor of Bette Green and is affectionately called the Bette. The larger solar panel at right is named in honor of Bud Smith and affectionately called the Bud.