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Renewable Energy at Work

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The Green Red BarnWhat make the Red Barn 'Green'?

Ever wonder what makes the Red Barn “green?” It is a demonstration in renewable energy and part of a two-fold demonstration project funded by the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) and the City of Pflugerville 

The barn is a “grid tie” system. Its solar panels and small wind generators produce electricity that ties back into the power grid.

Here are the steps:

  • The Photovoltaic (PV) cells convert sunlight into electricity without creating air or water pollution.
  • The wind turbines use the kinetic energy of the wind to produce electric power.
  • The power produced by the barn is clean and renewable and helps power the barn and trail lights in Heritage Park.
  • Power created by the PV cells helps reduce the electric bill for the barn.

Picnic Shelter_solar panels_wind turbineA Picnic Shelter with a Wind Generator and Solar Panels!

The other part of this project stands just a few hundred feet down the trail from the Barn and is a local innovation.

The picnic shelter on Old Austin Hutto Road is a “stand alone” system. The panels and wind generator provide clean renewable power for the trail lights. It is hoped this system can be duplicated at other trail locations where traditional lighting is cost prohibitive.

State Energy Conservation (SECO) Newsletter highlights Pflugerville's Renewable Energy Project.

Pflugerville’s project was highlighted in the SECO (State Energy Conservation Office) newsletter as a renewable energy project. The publication titled Pflugerville’s project as Renewable Energy at Work – Pflugerville said, "This Renewable Energy at Work project includes a demonstration of renewable energy for the City of Pflugerville’s Park and Recreation setting. The installation provides electricity to a new barn and lights one-half mile of hike and bike trail. The trail has a solar/wind system, located on a picnic shelter sub-station. The ban employs a Photovoltaic (PV) system and wind generation system. Photovoltaic cell converts sunlight directly into electricity."

Visit the Texas State Energy Office for more information on renewable energy.