GridPoint will be designing, engineering and installing 15 solar arrays, which total 436kW, for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). The solar arrays will be installed at various TPWD state parks, fish hatcheries and the Department’s headquarters in Austin, Texas. Installations are set to begin in June with completion reached by August.
“TPWD is pleased to work with GridPoint as we strive to meet the key objectives for sustainable conservation outlined in the 2010 Land and Water Plan,” states Rich McMonagle, TPWD infrastructure division director. “GridPoint's solar solution helps us to support conservation actions that mitigate anticipated climate change impacts to plants, fish and wildlife and encourage the development of renewable energy projects which do not adversely affect those communities.”
TWPD updated its 2005 Land and Water Resources Conservation Plan in 2010 so that it could better conserve Texas’ natural and historic sites while encouraging the public to visit the state’s outdoor parks. Additionally, TWPD was awarded a federal stimulus grant for solar installations as part of the Distributed Renewable Energy Technology Program, which has led the organization to install the 15 solar arrays this summer.
“Partnering with TPWD allows GridPoint to assist this visionary public department in its commitment to the environment,” said Jeff Ross, senior vice president of GridPoint. “The installation of solar arrays encourages science-based solutions for natural resource conservation across Texas and is a prime example for parks and wildlife organizations nationally.”
GridPoint advised that the PV systems will have an “intelligent monitoring solution”, which will allow for the systems to record, and in some cases, display the energy production to visitors and simultaneously allow TWPD to monitor the solar systems performance through a web interface. Financial details were not revealed, nor were the types of solar modules to be used in the installations.