Monday, April 11, 2011

Solar Panels

St. Ann Church on St. Croix is among the 19 non-profit groups that recently received a grant from the Virgin Islands Energy Office’ Discretionary Grant program to be used for the purchase and installation of solar panels. According to Msgr. Michael Kosak, pastor, the $50,000 grant will be used to install two three-kilowatt systems. Each system has 18 solar modules (185w each) for a total of 36 solar modules. The system will be grid-tied to the Water and Power Authority (WAPA) so that when the church’s power needs are greater than the solar modules can produce, the church will be able to use WAPA. When the panel produces enough power for the church’s energy needs, the WAPA meter spins backwards. Msgr. Kosak will be able to monitor the energy consumption on the internet.
Pictured above, Msgr. Michael Kosak, Pastor of St. Ann Church, St. Croix, congratulated his project manager and parishioner, Arthur Burton, for his assistance in obtaining the grant from the Virgin Islands Energy Office and his selection of West Indies Solair for the installation of the solar modules.

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