Bloomington Solar Energy Education Project
Bloomington (IN) Solar Energy Education ProjectThis 7.5-kilowatt (kW) solar array is installed at Duke Energy’s district office in Bloomington, Ind. The solar array is a community learning resource for the greater Bloomington area. Live monitoring results online depict the sunlight we are converting to energy. We hope this project helps others learn about solar power production and sustainable energy practices.
The Bloomington solar array includes 65 115-watt Evergreen Solar panels installed on a UniRac solar mounting system. Until 2007, the array served as a research project. We used data collected from the solar panels to determine performance issues relating to temperature, shadowing, system design and system aging.
Today the Bloomington solar array provides approximately 7 kW of solar energy for Duke Energy’s district office – the equivalent of about 2 percent of the electricity needed for the 66,300 square-foot building. This solar array would supply about 90 percent of the electricity needs for a home that uses an average of 1,000 kilowatt-hours per month.
Learn More About Solar Energy
Follow the Bloomington Solar Energy Education Project’s live monitoring results to learn more about how sunlight is converted to energy. Also, monitor weather reports to better understand how cloud cover, rain and temperature impact power output on an hourly, daily and monthly basis.
Net metering is a special metering and billing agreement between utilities and their customers. This helps connect small, renewable energy-generating systems to the power grid. Duke Energy’s net metering program:
- Encourages small-scale renewable energy systems,
- Ensures that customers always have a reliable source of energy from the grid when their renewable generators are not producing energy, and
- Benefits the electric power system, the economy, and the environment.
Learn more about net metering on our Duke Energy Web site.