Tuesday, representatives from Oakdale Electrical Co-op inspected and commissioned our new solar generation. Bob from Ethos was on hand to explain and then finish programming the system, including wifi monitoring. The array was online — grid connected — around noon and has been producing since. With mostly sunny weather, we are getting 75-80 KiloWatt hours/day generation, which is more than we use during the day and offsets what we use at night. Excess day production is sold to Oakdale for around 6 cents/KWhr, while we purchase from Oakdale at about 11 cents/KWhr when our array isn’t producing. We will have to wait and see how much summer earnings cover winter usage and fees. So far, we remain happy with the decision to decrease our dependence on fossil fuels.
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David, the solar project’s master electrician, and Shane from Ethos were here Tuesday to complete the wiring among panels and the connection to the main electrical panels on back of guesthouse. These cover all our buildings in the vicinity: founder’s … Continue reading
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Delayed by the snow storms of April’s first half; then, after a quick melt with dry, sunny weather; the solar installation started April 25th. On hand were Alicia the main contractor, Shane, Eric, Isaac, and Shayna. All the work went … Continue reading
Liberation Park is undergoing a name change to Kevala Retreat, reflected in the banner above. Stay tuned for further explanations and eventually a new KevalaRetreat.org website.
Please note the additions to the Menu Bar:
- Local Events are sessions with local groups, in Milwaukee, and around the state
- Chicago has all events in that area, including retreats
- Retreats includes anywhere in North America
These replace the old Calendars on the website and this blog.
I am currently updating the Audio Index on the website to list recordings of talks and guided meditations that have been posted on this blog.
Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to the Solar Array fund. We only need $500 more. Installation will take place as soon as the ground thaws.
Lastly, our Hermitages and Guest Rooms have spaces available for most of the Spring and into Summer. Please create contemplative space in your busy or hectic life and, if possible, make a personal retreat at Kevala (Liberation Park) soon.