10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cedar Hill State Park
1570 W Farm to Market Road 1382
Cedar Hill, TX 75104
Cedar Hill State Park
1570 F.M. 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104
The official address of the park is 1570 F.M. 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104 but this does not work well on a lot of GPS units. http://www.cedarhillstatepark.org/visit/drivingdirections.html
Tour Hours: 10am – 4pm
Note: Park admission fee will be waived for solar tour visitor during tour hours. Just tell them at the gate you are with the DFW Solar Tour.
Renewable energy features:
Installation Date : December 2011
Installer: Gridpoint www.gridpoint.com/
Equipment: SMA Inverters & Sunny Web Box Monitoring
Retail Electric Provider: GEXA Energy www.gexaenergy.com
Green features: It’s a Park
The Cedar Hill State Park solar project is one of 25 solar installations at 18 TPWD facilities across Texas, from Fort Davis to Wichita Falls. The smallest TPWD solar installation is a 5 kW system at Davis Mountains State Park, with most installations falling into the 20 kW range.
At Cedar Hill State Park 11 strings of 12 photovoltaic panels (132 panels total) work together to provide up to 30 kilowatts (kW) of power. The system uses 1 Sunny Boy 8000 inverter and 4 Sunny Boy 5000 inverters. The array is mounted on an elevated structure so that visitors can see the full layout of the design. Thanks to the solar installation, the agency is shaving more than 45,000 kWh annually off its energy usage equating to a reduction of more than 30 Metric Tons of CO2 emissions. That’s equivalent to the CO2 emissions from 3,500 gallons of gasoline!
Funding for the TPWD solar projects came from federal stimulus grants that provided for 80 percent reimbursement of eligible project costs under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
TPWD will receive $2.9 million in reimbursements through the State Energy Conservation Office who oversaw the grant money from the Department of Energy, says Andee Chamberlain, Sustainability Programs Manager for TPWD¹s Infrastructure Division, who directs the solar grant program.
“Our solar installations not only generate renewable energy in keeping with the agency mission of protecting and conserving the natural resources of Texas, but also represent a considerable savings to the state parks operations budget,” Chamberlain says. “Typically, it¹s best to spend money on energy efficiency measures first and then move on to more expensive renewables, but we decided to break that rule because of the one-time opportunity to obtain federal grant funds.” Now that the solar installations are complete, the agency is considering ways to further reduce energy consumption through energy efficiency measures.
Solar Tour Etiquette:
Visitors are guests, please be courteous and polite. Tour hours are generally 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please don’t arrive early or late. Remember, tour hours may vary at some sites so it is important to check the individual tour host page on the DFW Solar Tour website to confirm visiting hours before you get started. There are no public restroom facilities at tour sites. Practice the Golden Rule and everything will work out great.
Produced by the North Texas Renewable Energy Group (NTREG) in coordination with the Texas Solar Energy Society (TXSES) and the American Solar Energy Society (ASES).