Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Science/Environment

February 18, 2010

Ky. National Guard adds solar panels to facility

GREENVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky National Guard is going green.

Solar panels have been installed at the 10,000-acre Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in western Kentucky's Muhlenberg County. National Guard spokesman David Altom says the 84 kilowatt photovoltaic solar arrays found on the administration building and two of the center's barracks will partially power the facility.

The 400 solar panels on the three buildings are "grid-tied," and power produced will first be used by electrical loads within the facility. Any excess power produced will flow back onto the grid, running the facility power meter backward and creating a credit.

The state paid for the project, in part, with $553,499 in money from the federal stimulus plan.



Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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