Navarino Nature Center


Location

Navarino Nature Center
Shiocton, Wis.

Operational date

September 2009

Project

14.7-kilowatt, grid-tied, roof-mounted, photovoltaic system

Total project cost

$124,355

Incentive

$35,915 from We Energies
$39,869 from Focus on Energy

Estimated savings achieved

Approximately $2,000

Success

Navarino Nature Center, a private, non-profit organization, was established in April of 1986 by a group of residents concerned about ecology and environmental education. In January 1987, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, a site for the center was selected on the 15,000-acre Navarino Wildlife Area. A parking lot, well, amphitheater and cabin were added in 1990. In 1999, the new renewable energy education building was built, and in 2009, an addition was completed to display and demonstrate green ideas and design. The building's renewable energy systems heat, cool, light and generate electricity from geothermal, passive solar and solar photovoltaic sources.

“In a world of rising heating/cooling and electrical costs, we need to conserve and lessen our footprint,” said Tim Ewing, Navarino Nature Center executive director. “We’re providing students and the public with a renewable energy education facility, which also helps the environment by reducing air and water pollution and the production of greenhouse gases.”

The center’s PV system is a grid-tied system made up of 84 solar panels capable of producing 15,374 kWh/year.

Contact information

Tim Ewing
Navarino Nature Center
W5646 Lindsten Road
Shiocton, WI 54170
715-758-6999
navarino.org
http://www.navarino.org

Waukesha County Technical College
Navarino Nature Center:
The center's 84 solar panels can produce more than 15,000 kWh per year.