Third Largest Solar Array to Allow for Hands-On Research

Third Largest Solar Array to Allow for Hands-On Research

LARAMIE — The third largest solar array project in Wyoming will break ground this fall, according to a joint press release from Creative Energies and the 9H Research Foundation.

Today, Creative Energies and the 9H Research Foundation announced that in support of 9H Research Foundation’s major solar project and its importance to the development of the solar industry in Wyoming, Creative Energies will provide a $10,000 in-kind donation to the solar facility.

Creative Energies is designing and installing the 9H Research Foundation solar system, which at 0.5 megawatts (MW) will make it the third largest solar array in Wyoming. The 0.5 MW solar system will be the first phase of the facility (that will eventually total 3 MW) providing University of Wyoming students with opportunities to gain hands-on experiential learning. The research center will also provide live data to help solar developers make equipment decisions for utility-scale solar installations.

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The 0.5 MW solar system outside of Laramie will generate 976,200 kilowatt hours annually which is the equivalent of:

  • 16,270 trees planted
  • 810,246 pounds of coal saved
  • 1,274,917 pounds of CO2 avoided
  • 1,005,486 miles not driven

“9H Energy Research Foundation, with the University of Wyoming as its partner, is in a great position to provide state-wide leadership in the deployment of solar in Wyoming,” Creative Energies Co-Owner Scott Kane said. “This project and others that follow its model can help to drive innovation, jobs, and economic development on Wyoming’s terms. Creative Energies is happy to donate our expertise to this project – doing our part to demonstrate that in Wyoming, we are ready to work together toward a clean energy future.”

9H is collaborating with strategic partners to form long-term relationships including the Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium and Argonne National Laboratory.

To date, 9H Research Foundation has already sponsored 31 students who competed in a $5,000 Senior Energy Design Challenge, hired two student interns, and funded five student groups to design and build solar and energy storage projects.

“The 9H student solar project gives Wyoming students the ability to gain hands-on experience in the clean energy sector and represents an exciting opportunity for the state,” Gene Humphrey, Co-Founder and CEO of 9H Research Foundation, Army Helicopter Pilot Veteran, and UW Alumni, said. “The 5-acre project will serve as a state-of-the-art innovation hub to propel research and fund student scholarships, projects, and experiential learning activities for decades to come.”