The Altamont School is about to become Birmingham’s first “solar powered school.”
For the past week, Eagle Solar and Light, a local solar power systems company, has been installing a multi-paneled solar array alongside the school’s track.
The new Resu 10H battery from LG Chem, can provide backup power to homeowners that are looking for other options to costly, noisy generators. When combined with a SolarEdge StorEdge inverter, it provides a single-inverter (DC-coupled) solution for both a solar PV system and a home battery, reducing energy loss and overall system costs. SolarEdge is a highly reputable and bankable company that has offered solutions for solar PV and battery systems since 2006. The Resu 10H home battery is manufactured by LG Chem, an early-mover in the lithium-ion battery industry that has since become one of the world’s largest producers. It currently manufactures batteries for several electric vehicles, including the Chevrolet Volt, Ford Focus, and Hyundai Sonata. With its proven track record, LG is a veteran in the energy storage space.
This Summer, the Eagle Solar and Light will benefit from a second college student interning to learn more about renewable energy. Will Retersdorf was born in Nashville and lived there his entire life until graduating from Independence High School in 2015. As an upcoming Junior at Birmingham Southern College, where he is pursuing a degree in physics and is a member of the swim team.
Will is passionate about renewable energy and particularly interested in solar power systems and LED lighting. With his academic course work in physics, he has been able to implement his knowledge of circuitry with installations and wiring and assist the team on the largest solar install to date in Birmingham. He wants to gain more hands on experience in the solar industry and learn more about the design and planning behind installations. Once he graduates from BSC, Will plans to work in the renewable energy field to get additional experience before determining additional next steps.
Sam Monroe is the newest team member at Eagle Solar and Light, serving as an intern for the 2017 Summer. He is a local from Birmingham, where he has lived most of his life. He graduated in 2014 from the Altamont School and is about to start his senior year at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN where he is studying Mechanical Engineering.
Sam joined the team because he has a passion for clean and renewable energy . His course of studies have exposed him to some components and given him a basic, academic knowledge of the field, but he wants to explore the business and more practical aspects of solar energy. Sam is excited to see how the science behind photovoltaic cells is being applied to the world around him and he hopes to one day see clean and renewable energy sources become the world standard.
This summer, Sam will be learning from different team members on sales and education, developing a proposal to fit a customer’s needs and interests, designing a system with all appropriate components, and even helping out with the installation and energizing of the system.
If you would like to share your talents while learning more about solar energy and LED lighting, let us know.
Brittany Decker of WVTM 13 talks to the kids at Highlands School about Solar
Last year, Highlands hosted its semi-annual auction to raise funds for exciting new projects and additions to the Highlands campus. One target project was a solar powered outdoor classroom at the center of the campus. As part of the 2016-2017 8th grade Environmental Science class, students worked with Middle School Science Teacher, Sam Kindervater to design the outdoor classroom. (more…)
Birmingham – Eagle Solar & Light announces its latest LED light installation at the offices of Black Warrior Riverkeeper, a nonprofit clean water advocacy organization based in Birmingham, Alabama.
“The new LED lights will conserve energy and money, making us better stewards of natural resources and our supporters’ donations,” said Charles Scribner, Executive Director of Black Warrior Riverkeeper. “Morale has also improved among our employees and guests because our office lighting is noticeably better than the flickering fluorescents that previously loomed.” (more…)
As reported by Dennis Pillion on AL.com on March 8, 2017:
The Altamont School in Birmingham flipped the switch Wednesday on a new, 14.7 kilowatt solar power system that it expects will provide about 20 percent of the school’s daytime electricity, according to installer Sam Yates of Eagle Solar and Light.
The system, located on a south-facing hill overlooking the school’s soccer fields, has a 25 year warranty, will also include a learning kiosk in the school to show the real-time performance of the system and the school’s overall energy use, providing an educational component to the system.
“The new solar array will not only help us reduce our monthly consumption of power, it will also provide outstanding educational opportunities for our students,” Sarah Whiteside, Head of School, said in a news release. “Altamont’s global initiative theme for this academic year is ‘Energy Resources and Climate Change.’
“The solar array is one more way we can express that theme and incorporate environmental stewardship into the culture, and practices, of our school.” (more…)
Reported by Birmingham Business Journal on February 24, 2017
The Altamont School has made the switch to solar power. Eagle Solar & Light finished installing a 14.7 kW ground-mounted solar system last week that offers a 3 Phase, 208V utility service.
As reported by Southeast Green on February 23, 2017
Eagle Solar & Light of Birmingham, Alabama announces its latest solar installation at The Altamont School, 4801 Altamont Road South, Birmingham, Alabama. Construction began February 6th, on the 14.7 kW ground mounted Solar System, and was completed last week with the final electrical interconnect to the 3 Phase, 208V utility service.
“The new solar arrays will not only help us reduce our monthly consumption of power, they will also provide (more…)
As reported on Bham Now on February 17, 2017