Solar Panel Array & Electric Vehicle Charging Station
As part of Schmeeckle's sustainability initiatives, a 6.1 kW solar panel array and electric vehicle charging station were installed on the north side of the visitor center parking lot in November 2019. The solar array feeds directly into the Wisconsin Public Service electrical grid and will produce about 20 percent of the energy used in the visitor center.
The project was funded by the UWSP Green Fund, a student supported initiative that funds sustainability projects on campus. It was constructed by Northwind Solar, a local solar electric system company. Northwind Solar also donated the EV charging station.
The EV charging station is available for free on a first-come, first-served basis when the parking lot is open (6 a.m. to 11 p.m.). It is connected to the standard electric grid. Two cars can be charged at a time (splits the power). No overnight parking is allowed.
To view real-time energy production by the solar panel array, click the button below.
Click here to view real-time solar energy production