Kalahari installs state’s largest solar hot water system

Posted on December 11, 2007. Filed under: Solar |

From a press release issued by Focus on Energy:


MADISON, Wis. (December 3, 2007) – The Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., is the new home of a 104-panel solar hot water system – the largest in the state. In addition to supplying the resort with 1,850 gallons of hot water per hour, the system will be the main attraction at the upcoming Wisconsin Solar Hot Water Conference on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007 being held at the Kalahari. . . .

The Kalahari’s solar hot water system was completed with the help of a $50,000 Implementation Grant from Focus on Energy’s Renewable Energy Program, and will produce an estimated 11,807 therms per year, supplying enough hot water for the resort’s laundry facility that operates 24 hours a day and has a demand of 1,850 gallons of water per hour. Supplying more than 60 percent of the resort’s hot water needs, the system will offset 400 tons of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year.

“Once we began researching green initiatives, we were absolutely blown away by the opportunities to conserve energy,” said Todd Nelson, president and owner of Kalahari Resorts, which features record-size indoor and outdoor waterparks, 740 guest rooms, and a 100,000 sq. ft. meetings facility. “We immediately implemented changes and our utility bills certainly proved the effectiveness of these measures.”


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