Renewable Energy Awards to Small Groups

December 1, 2002

Martin Kaehny
Susan Talbot
Meg Walkup
Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Department of the Interior
Rock Hall, Maryland

The staff from Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Rock Hall, Maryland, are recognized for providing renewable energy educational opportunities and demonstration projects to visitors and the surrounding community. Among several projects, a 10-kilowatt wind turbine was installed in March 2002 at the Refuge's office near the shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Although the wind turbine will be grid-connected, it is expected to provide close to 100 percent of the building's power needs during high-wind months. An estimated $1,700 in savings from electricity offsets will be achieved, based on the 2001 average price of $0.13 per kilowatt-hour. Another project involved the installation of two solar energy photovoltaic demonstration panels. A 120-watt solar panel was installed, powering a recirculating pump for a Refuge pond. Another 80-watt panel stores solar energy in a battery that powers a 32-watt parabolic floodlight, illuminating the American flag at night. The Refuge team also has purchased an alternative-fuel van that can run on 85 percent ethanol. Additionally, the Refuge has sponsored a public workshop on renewable energy in Chestertown, Maryland, that received enthusiastic response from the local community and media.

Chris Helmer
Jerry Martin
Michael C. Okoro
Northwest Arctic Region
General Services Administration
Wenatchee, Washington

Photo of Chris Helmer from GSA's Northwest Arctic Region

Chris Helmer

Photo of Michael Okoro from GSA's Northwest Arctic Region

Michael Okoro

In partnership with the Department of Energy, the General Services Administration's Northwest/Arctic Region installed and commissioned a 10-kilowatt photovoltaic system at the Federal Building and U.S. Post Office in Wenatchee, Washington. DOE provided funding for the studies and the design of the project, while GSA funded the purchase of the photovoltaic (PV) panels and ancillary equipment. The GSA Region also conducted a PV system installation workshop and used volunteers for the installation of the system so that they could gain hands-on experience. The photovoltaic system will produce approximately 16,000 kilowatt hours per year, which is enough energy to power an average family home. By installing the system, GSA is helping to preserve the environment by reducing greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxide.

Vicki Hutchinson
Marcelo Silva
Department of State
U.S. Embassy Brasilia Energy Project Group
U.S. Embassy Brasilia, Brazil

Photo of Vicki Hutchinson from the U.S. Embassy Brasilia Energy Project Group

Vicki Hutchinson

Photo of Marcelo Silva from the U.S. Embassy Brasilia Energy Project Group

Marcelo Silva

About 95 percent of all the electricity generated in Brazil comes from hydroelectric plants. Shortage of rainfall in consecutive years resulted a mandatory water reduction for all consumers. To make this reduction and avoid government fines, the State Department's American Embassy Brasilia installed solar water heaters at all Government-owned residences and the Embassy building. The solar project reduced energy consumption by 28 percent in the residences and by 15 percent at the Embassy, based on average energy use. Almost $12,000 is being saved annually at the Embassy. The payback of the total investment will occur in 6 years and its expected life is at least 15 years. This project has enabled the American families living in the Government-operated residences in Brasilia to have their electricity supply guaranteed, despite the ongoing power crisis in Brazil, and will save the U.S. Government more than $112,000 over the 15 year time frame.