Pine Ridge and Rosebud, SD, April 2, 2015
Innovative American-made solar trackers are now helping to power federally operated tribal hospitals in southwestern South Dakota.
Solar trackers helping power Indian Health Services hospitals on Native American reservations in South DakotA 60kW project in Pine Ridge, utilizing ten 6kW dual-axis trackers and a 72kW project in Rosebud, utilizing twelve 6kW dual axis trackers, will help offset the electrical bills of the Indian Health Services hospitals, which serve the medical needs of the tribal communities and their members.
The tracker projects were chosen for the increased performance over fixed systems and were funded with federal American Recovery and Restoration Act (ARRA) dollars.
Steve Dykstra, facilities engineer for the regional IHS locations said of the projects, “We’re extremely pleased with the quality of the product and professionalism of the people involved in getting the project up and running. We’re glad to have the solar trackers on line, producing power, and saving us money.”
The project utilized American-made AllEarth Solar Trackers, which track the sun throughout the day to maximize energy production. The pole-mounted pre-engineered solar trackers are designed for residential and commercial installations and are manufactured in Williston, Vt. by AllEarth Renewables. The trackers produce up to 45 percent more energy than fixed ground-mounted or rooftop systems per kilowatt installed.
The project was developed by Alternative Energy Services, an AllEarth partner in Fargo, Nd. and renewable energy project developer serving homeowners, farms, schools, hospitals and business owners in North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota.
The primary contractor and electrical installer was LaCeek Development of Martin, Sd. Both projects were constructed by Amberg Renewables from Alberta, Mn.
“We were happy to supply innovative, American-made solar trackers for this project, a solar solution that will produce more energy from the sun and provide long-term energy savings,” said Bill Schwankl, owner of Alternative Energy Services. “The projects will help move toward the goal of improving the financial and environmental sustainability of the tribal communities and their health services.”
“This project captures the many benefits solar can provide to rural communities,” said David Blittersdorf, president and CEO of AllEarth Renewables. “We are thrilled our partners in the region made this project such a success.”