am still thinking about the possibility of solar gardens in Wichita. As I drive
around I keep noticing flat roofs and wondering if the owners of those roofs
would be interested in hosting a solar garden.
of my professors drew my attention to a Westar Energy press release from January 8 of this year. In the article, Westar
announced that it is seeking schools, non-profits, and government agencies in
Kansas who are interested in solar projects. Westar intends to fund the
purchase and installation of solar panels at 15 to 20 of these locations. The
installations will not only provide electricity, but also will provide an
opportunity for people to learn about the potential for solar power generation
in this state.
has already approved funding for one solar project in Kansas. It is at the Flint
Hills Technical College in Emporia. The
installation will include three solar arrays – one rooftop and two on the
ground. This location offers a great opportunity for students to experiment
with the panels to discover how to manipulate their orientation throughout the
year to reap the greatest benefit.