Pritzker Military Archives Center, currently under construction at the Pritzker Military Archives Center & Memorial Park Center in Somers, Wisconsin, began installation of a 455.2 kW solar array on its campus. The power generated by the solar array will offset the Archives Center’s electricity consumption, reducing reliance on the electric grid and ensuring that sensitive and historic materials in this state-of-the-art, institutional archival facility will be stored properly and securely.
Made up of 1,110 Axitec photovoltaic modules and 7 Yaskawa Solectria inverters that are mounted on the ground and supported by a steel racking system, the solar array will produce 520,000 kWh of clean energy annually. To provide some perspective on how much clean energy this array will yield, it will produce approximately enough electricity to power 49 homes for an entire year.
“We are committed to a low-carbon future as an organization,” said Kimberlee Carr, Director of Property Management. “The solar array at The Pritzker Military Archives Center is an exciting aspect of the development and it will allow us to use renewable energy as well as contribute to creating a more sustainable environment for our community.”
The solar array at the Pritzker Archives Center will be operational by December of 2021. Less than seven percent of the total 288-acres will have buildings on them and as much green space as possible will be preserved for the community to enjoy. Construction, led by Pepper/Riley Construction and TAWANI Property Development began at the end of 2020.