On winter solstice, the longest night of the year, local collaborators in “The City of Lights” celebrate the power of the sun with the completion of a state-of-the-art solar energy generation project.
Installed atop architecture built over a century ago, a new 56.7 kilowatt (kw) solar power system covers the rooftop of the 113 year-old Carnegie library building at 1 East Benton Street, former home of Aurora’s Main Public Library. Read more >
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1 East Benton, home of The Support Companies and Gallery 1904.
American-made 300 watt solar modules arrive secured on pallets
Modules, mounting racks and ballast blocks are hoisted by crane to the rooftop
Michelle Knox, owner, WindSolarUSA developed the 56.7 kw rooftop system
Professional installers Josh Richardson and Dan Schmidt from ReThink Electric
Rebekah Axtell, creative director, GreenLife Media Group and Josh Richardson, energy consultant, ReThink Electric
189 American-made solar panels were installed in December 2017
Modules are mounted on a Unirac system, weighted down by ballast blocks
Mayan architecture across the street features Kinich Ahau, Mayan Sun God
Photographer Joshua Schultz meets the install team of ReThink Electric
Installation continues as snow starts to fall
No harm is done to roofing materials with the Unirac ballasted system
View facing north, up Stolp Avenue on the Island downtown Aurora
ReThink Electric’s installation progress is ahead of schedule. Thumbs-up!
View of Stolp Island with Leland Tower, could Aurora’s star be solar powered in the future?
Rooftop solar installation completed on Winter Solstice, December 21, 2017.
View facing west, of Aurora Public Library’s new building
View facing northwest, across the Fox River
Solar Sherpas Michelle Knox, WindSolarUSA and Rebekah Axtell, GreenLife Media Group.
Dan Schmidt of ReThink Electric works hard to meet the December deadline
City of Aurora’s Building & Zoning depart approves! It was a collaborative effort. Michelle Knox is happy!
ReThink Electric installers check every detail to prepare for inspections.
First rooftop solar installation in downtown Aurora. 2018 will be a Happy New Year!
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