Saturday, May 12, 2012

Florida's Premier Solar PV School Expands Facilities With Grant Money

In early April, Fort Lauderdale's Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) approved a $5,700 contract to help renovate the main campus of US Solar Institute (USSI). In addition to a new classroom and rooftop teaching lab, the improvements will include a new sidewalk, solar-powered street lighting, permeable parking lot, and rain water capture cistern for USSI's organic garden.

With this extra funding, USSI will also install a wind turbine -- both for instructional purposes and to further enhance its status as downtown Fort Lauderdale's first commercial net-positive energy building.

Spearheading these renovations is Urbanform Design Group -- an architectural firm with deep roots in renewable energy. Comments Ray Johnson, lead instructor and USSI President, "Having local architects with long ties to Fort Lauderdale's renewable energy market is a great fit." Johnson adds, "Their passion and commitment to the success of the project was felt from our first meeting."

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