800 Main Street
11.52 kilowatt solar array (2 fixed-mount and 2 dual-axis trackers)
$45,535 from We Energies
$32,002 from Focus on Energy
$1,280 per year in electricity savings
With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) is committed to energy efficiency and to using renewable energy and incorporates energy efficiency and renewable energy concepts in its classes. The emphasis on sustainability helps makes the college a good corporate citizen and helps its students prepare for jobs today and the future.
With financial assistance from We Energies and Focus on Energy, WCTC installed a solar photovoltaic electrical generation system at the Pewaukee Campus to provide electrical energy to the college and an opportunity for related instruction. The 11.52-kilowatt system, made up of four pole-mounted solar arrays, is along the main road between the RTA Education Center and the Service building. Each array has 16 solar panels mounted to the poles. Two of the poles have arrays that are fixed to face south. The other two poles have tracking solar arrays that follow the sun like sunflowers. The tracking arrays begin facing east in the morning and track the sun as it moves west. A video of the trackers’ movements over 14 hours can be seen on the WCTC website.
“The WCTC Solar PV System is expected to produce about the amount of electrical energy used per year by between one and two average households,” according to Dr. Ray Walter, manager of Renewable Energy and Sustainability for WCTC.
Ray J. Walter, Ph.D.
Manager - Renewable Energy and Sustainability
Waukesha County Technical College
800 Main St.
Pewaukee, WI 53072
Waukesha County Technical College:
11.52-kW system with 2 stationary and 2 tracking arrays.