Green Energy Production Produces Sizeable Rebates

The library’s Solar Test-bed project qualifed for two alternative energy rebate programs for energy production in 2011. The larger rebate through the Arkansas Energy Office (AEO), was funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009.

Library staff reported solar power production to the AEO on a monthly basis. The value reported was the total […]

Solar Rebate Approved by Arkanas Energy Office

The Fayetteville Public Library’s solar test-bed installation received final approval in January for the solar rebate program throught the Arkansas Energy Office. The rebate program is funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009.

The library is required to report monthly energy production from the solar array. Data acquisition from the array is made […]

Library to Host Public Project Presentation, Aug 24th

The Fayetteville Public Library will host a public presentation of its recently-installed Solar Test Bed Project on Tuesday, August 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s Walker Community Room.

The library installed 60 solar panels on its roof in June. Since that time, the panels have been producing electrical power, helping to offset the library’s energy […]

ICMA Public Library Innovation Meeting in DC

Innovation grant recipients at ICMA Leadership and Professional Development meeting, August 13th, 2010

City officials and library staff attended the final ICMA innovation grant meeting in the nation’s captial August 11-13, 2010. Representing the City of Fayetteville were Don Marr, the mayor’s  chief of staff, and John Coleman, city director of sustainability. Library director of information technology, […]

Press Conference and Installation Videos

Streaming video of the construction phase kickoff press conference held June 4th:

Press Conference

Streaming video of the Unirac construction and panel installation, June 14th-26th:


July 30th – Solar Kiosk Rollout

Patrons interact with the solar test-bed education kiosk located in the Blair library lobby.

July 30th, 2010 – The library rolled out the educational kiosk for the solar test-bed project. The solar kiosk development was funded by grant through the Arkansas Energy Office.

The upper portion of the kiosk has 5 main areas of information:

1) ICMA […]

June 25th – Solar Array Goes Online

Engineering students Matthew Bell and Jeremy Pearman (holding meter) checking DC voltage prior to inverter startup.

On Friday, June 25th at approximately 2:30pm (CDT) the solar array was brought online to a bright sunny day in Fayetteville. Within minutes the system ramped up to producing near 10kW of power. Many factors including clouds, temperature, and angle of […]

June 14th – Unirac Mount Constructed & Panels Mounted

Solar installation team photo after all 3 arrays were completed, June 16th, 2010

The construction phase of the library’s ICMA Solar Test Bed grant project went into high gear on Monday, June 14th, when the solar team began assembling the Unirac ULA array mounts and securing the solar panels. The solar team is comprised of industry […]

June 4th – Solar Array Roof Mounting Brackets Go Up

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March 2010 Quarterly Report

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