Solar Projects around the Association
Tahoe Donner Association has implemented the latest in solar photovoltaic (PV) technology, a highly efficient and renewable resource, starting at our new Alder Creek Adventure Center, and now installed at Trout Creek Recreation Center and Beach Club Marina.
While technologies have evolved over recent decades, the solar industry is bringing noticeable increases in panel energy production, all while the average cost, per installed watt, has fallen by 20% over recent years.
In addition to these efficiencies, combined with rebates offered by Truckee Donner Public Utility District (TDPUD) and existing Federal tax incentives, Tahoe Donner aims to install a total of (6) PV systems by the end of 2016, at various Association facilities and amenities. This investment will decrease overall power demand from the existing distribution network, and will provide TDA with a low-cost, renewable energy source, ultimately benefiting the Association and homeowners alike.
With this latest 5.88 kW system installed at Alder Creek Adventure Center, it now produces 25,000 watts on a sunny day, equivalent to the daily energy consumed in an average U.S. home. Additional solar panels can be added to existing systems in the future, where southern aspects and sufficient roof space are readily available. After five years, these rebates, tax incentives, and raw energy savings will pay for the initial capital investment, providing the Association with free energy for decades to come.