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Solar village on Missouri campus has enhanced energy-source monitoring

From the June 14, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published June 14, 2013

By Jeannine Anderson

Missouri University of Science and Technology is one step closer to transforming an on-campus solar village into a living laboratory, following completion of a scholarship project supported by APPA's research program, DEED (Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments).

Cory Brennan, a student at the university, installed Brultech Green Eye Monitors on each of four solar homes. The monitors will enable the students and faculty who live in the homes to view a website that will show them, in real-time, where power is coming from and how it is used. The homes were all constructed for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon.

Brennan’s project entailed researching and identifying hardware and software to support the monitoring and reporting capability. DEED awarded a $4,000 scholarship to support the work. The project was sponsored by City Utilities of Springfield, Mo. Jerry Bradshaw and David Kirby at City Utilities supervised the project. Hardware and software were installed last January and the homes brought online in February.

The project final report, "Demonstration of Renewable Power Monitoring within Homes," is posted on the DEED Project Database.


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