Dane County’s first solar-powered park and campground at William G. Lunney Lake Farm County Park began producing energy in 2021 (see Press below). The system provides about 90% of the electricity used by campers, day-use visitors, and staff and visitors at the Lussier Family Heritage Center.
The system is made up of more than 460 solar panels located on four structures (two shelters and two buildings) and feeds energy to two inverters (energy converters). The inverters below convert direct current (DC) electricity, what the solar panels generate, to alternating current (AC) electricity, what the electrical grid uses.
Inverter #1: shelter near Heritage Center and the Heritage Center roof
Inverter #2: shelter near campground and the shower house roof
The graphs below display the amount of energy being generated in megawatts (Mw) on a weekly, monthly, and annual basis. To put these numbers in perspective, one megawatt provides enough energy to power 800 average American homes for a year or travel 25 million miles with an electric car. Visit our Solar Projects webpage for other solar projects in our department.