Sustainability Efforts

The Ney Nature Center strives daily to reduce its carbon footprint through renewable energy, energy conservation, and water conservation.  Keep reading to see how we practice sustainability on a daily basis.

4.2 KW Solar Array

4.2 KW Solar Array close-up

Solar Energy

The Ney Nature Center received funding through Le Sueur County and Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) to install a 4.2 KW Solar Array, installed by Kriha Electric out of Montgomery, MN in June 2016.  Unlike conventional string inverter systems, the system installed at the NNC is a microinverter one, which means that there is a microinverter attached to each module of the array that converts DC to AC, enabling power to connect to the grid and the buildings on site.  With a microinverter system, if one module receives shade, it does not impact the remaining modules in the array.  Therefore, it is a more efficient system.  Below, you can see the overall energy produced by the array on any given day as well as the current energy production.  Stop out to see the solar array in action!