About the Weitchpec Office Solar Electric System
In August of 2011 the Yurok Tribe installed a grid-connected solar electric system at their Weitchpec Tribal Office. The system, installed by Roger and his merry band of solar installers, is composed of seventy-six 240-watt photovoltaic modules and three 6-kW inverters. Rated at 15.7 kW of AC power, the system is expected to generate approximately 19,000 kWh per year of electricity. This is equivalent to about 20% of the total electric use of the Weitchpec Tribal Office, or to the electricity consumption of four typical on-grid Tribal residences in the Weitchpec area. The system is expected to save the Tribe about $2,900 per year in electricity costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about five tons of carbon dioxide per year.
The Weitchpec Tribal Office solar electric project was funded by the US government’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program. In addition to funding the Weitchpec solar electric system, grant funds covered the cost of energy efficiency improvements at the Yurok Tribe’s Weitchpec and Klamath Tribal Offices.
The Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University provided technical support and developed education and outreach materials for the project.