Westphal & Co. Completes Largest School Solar Array In Wisconsin

Monona Grove High School is celebrating the upcoming commissioning of the largest K-12 school solar PV array in Wisconsin. After several years of planning and budgeting, the school district worked closely with several partners including Westphal & Co. to bring the project to life. Using a $300,000 grant from the State of Wisconsin Public Service Commission and Focus on Energy, the $1.3 million project will pay for itself over its planned 30-year life.

Westphal & Co. was responsible for the installation of more than 1,400 solar panels and the connection to the power grid. Learn more about the project here.

How Much Power Will the Array Produce?

The array covers about two-thirds of the school’s roof and will generate 845 Mega-Watt hours of power or about half of the school’s annual electricity usage. It will be cash flow positive in the first year, and the district anticipates saving around $20,000 each year or $1.5 million in energy costs over 30 years.

“There’s no downsides to this decision to do this,” Sobol said. “It saves money, it’s good for the environment, it’s a positive message for students, it’s an educational message for students.”

One of those students is sophomore Krishna Elwell, a student member on the committee. He said the project makes him feel hopeful about the future. “This feels really inspiring that we actually can do something, and I have a lot of confidence that when people see these solar panels, they’ll feel the same way I do,” he said.

 

Environmental Benefits of the Project

The project replaces coal-fired electricity that currently powers the building. The array will offset the burning of more than 16,000 tons of coal, reducing harmful coal-related air emissions, including:

  • over 44,000 pounds of smog-producing nitrogen oxide emissions
  • 5,400 pounds of particulate emissions
  • 2.8 pounds of mercury emissions
  • and 31,000 tons of carbon dioxide!

Additionally, all rooftop panels are American-made in Dalton, Georgia by the Hanwah company.

About Us

Westphal Electric has been serving the Madison, Janesville, Dubuque, and Milwaukee areas for more than 90 years. We’re the team of electricians you can trust. We believe in providing residential and commercial electric services for maximum convenience for you. We offer solar panel installation and servicing so that you can trust our team each step of the way and never feel left in the dark. Click here to view additional solar projects from Westphal & Co.

Installing a Tesla Wall Connector in Your Home

If you have a Tesla, one of your choices for keeping it charged is Tesla’s own Wall Connector. The third-generation Tesla Wall Connector delivers a complete overhaul of the unit’s previous iterations. Yes, the new wall charger has a different (and truly beautiful) look, but the changes under the hood are significant.

The Tesla Wall Connector is one of the easiest ways to have your car charged and ready to drive each morning. Take a look at some of the reasons to install the third-gen Tesla Wall Connector.

Fast Charging

Tesla promises 44 miles of range per hour of charge, and that’s what the Wall Connector delivers. You can charge your Tesla overnight, and most people should be able to get the charge they need for their daily commute in far less time. This means that when you’re ready to drive, your Tesla is ready for you.

No Need to Change Your Home’s Electrical Setup

The Tesla Wall Connector can be installed in just a few hours, and it’s compatible with nearly all home electrical systems. You’ll get the fastest charging if the circuit breaker you’re using matches the onboard charging capabilities of your Tesla. However, if your home has unusual power capabilities, the Wall Connector also works with circuit breakers of lower amperage.


Tesla Model S home charger

Beautiful Aesthetics

If you care about how things look in your garage, you’re likely to love the third-gen Wall Connector. It’s smaller than previous versions, so it takes less space on your wall, and its glass-over-white display is admittedly cool in every way.

Delivers the Amount of Charge You Need

Yes, the previous Wall Connectors delivered up to 80 amps of charge, and the third-generation delivers only 48 amps. However, this matches the AC charge capabilities of the cars themselves, which are limited to 48 amps. The only people who might need more than that are owners of the earliest Model S Teslas which had the option for dual onboard chargers, each of which could handle 40 amps. Even if you swapped your Tesla for another electric vehicle, no car on the market accepts more than 48 amps, so your new Wall Connector delivers the charge you need.

Wi-Fi Connection

The newer Tesla Wall Connector is also a smart charger that comes Wi-Fi enabled. That means you can control the charger via your smartphone without having to set switches manually, as was required on previous models. The charger also gets firmware updates automatically thanks to its Wi-Fi connection. Future smart features are anticipated, most likely including the ability to connect to your solar power array and to your electrical provider’s demand response program, as well as connection to devices like Amazon Alexa.

Affordable Price

The upgraded Wall Connector comes at the same price as the previous versions, which is competitive indeed. The Tesla Wall Connector, in fact, sells for less than some of its competitors, so there’s little need to shop around.

If you’re ready to install a new Tesla Wall Connector, our residential electricians at Westphal & Co. are here to help. We can help you choose the right location for your car charger — an important decision, since it’s a permanent fixture. We can let you know if you need to upgrade your home’s electrical system to get the most out of your Wall Connector. And we can also provide you with whole-house surge protection to protect not only your Tesla Wall Connector, but all the electrical components in your home.

Contact us today for safe, reliable installation of your third-generation Tesla Wall Connector in the Madison, Milwaukee, Janesville, or Dubuque area.

 

Tesla Home Charger Installation Google Review

“I just got the new Model S and had ordered the home charger with the car.  I could not find anyone that knew what they were doing, but then I called Westphal.  They gave me a fair quote and did an amazing clean professional installation.  I highly recommend these guys for home car charger installation.”

– Review submitted by Brittany M.