Cave of the Mounds, located west of Madison in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, unveils new solar panels. After more than a year of planning, this dream has become a reality. The new installment will reduce Cave of the Mounds’ carbon footprint by more than 50%. Visitors will be able to see the impact of the solar panels on a display in the Cave Entrance Building.
Carbon Footprint Reduction:
Over the lifetime of the two arrays, the system will offset 1330.68 tons of CO2. This is equivalent to:
- Driving reduced by 146,374.45 gallons of gas.
- Recycling 4,657.37 tons of waste instead of land-filled.
- 149,983,906 smartphones charged.
- 1,397,210.62 less pounds (698.6 tons) of coal burned.
- Planting 33,433 trees.
System Quick Facts:
During the first yar of operation, each 28.21 kW DC system will produce a combined 70,213 kWh of electricity.
- Installed in 2023. One array supplies 76.7% of annual electricity for the Visitor Center. The other array supplies 49.5% of annual electricity for the Cave Entrance Building.
- Combined project first-year electric bill savings of $8,379.
- Combined estimated 25-year electric bill savings of $316,075.
- 124 Znshine 455-watt modules / 4 Fronius Primo inverters.