SustainFloyd board members Rick Brown (top) and Billy Weitzenfeld pose with our new trailer, soon to house a solar electric generator.
SustainFloyd board members Rick Brown (top) and Billy Weitzenfeld pose with our new trailer, soon to house a solar electric generator.

SustainFloyd is moving forward to promote energy independence in a sustainable fashion. We have undertaken a project to design and build a mobile solar electric generator. This generator will be a valuable tool in educating Floyd County adults and children about the benefits of renewable energy. In addition to the educational component, the generator will be used to power the Floyd Farmers Market, other outdoor events and provide power during power outages.

This week SustainFloyd marked a big milestone toward that goal: Acquiring a utility trailer to house the components for the generator. SustainFloyd board members Rick Brown of SolShine Energy Alternatives, LLC, and Billy Weitzenfeld of AECP traveled to Boones Mill and purchased an American-made 6 x 12 dual-axle, enclosed trailer.

The mobile generator will include:
* 6 245W multi-crystalline solar electric (PV) modules resulting in 1470W of generating power
* a 3500W pure sine wave inverter
* 21.6Kwh of battery storage
* 120/240V AC Outlets
* USB outlets for powering/charging portable electronics

The generator will be built by volunteers, with an eye towards educating/demonstrating its inner workings. The project is funded through a grant from USDA’s Rural Development program.

Now that we’ve got the trailer, we need a name. Post your suggestions in the comments.