Whitehall High School Commemorates Installation of State of the Art Solar and Wind Power Generation and Education Platform

Bozeman, MT. — May, 20th 2013 — Independent Power Systems and Whitehall High School will celebrate the commissioning of the recently installed Power Tower, a solar and wind hybrid power generating station, with a ribbon cutting ceremony May 22nd, 2013 at 10:00AM. Students, teachers, members of the press, executives from NorthWestern Energy and the install team from Independent Power Systems will assemble at the installation site to officially commission the system. Tony Boniface, President of Independent Power Systems, Whitehall faculty members, and NorthWestern Energy will deliver remarks.

The Power Tower is a fully functioning Solar and Wind hybrid power system that serves as an educational tool as well as a practical energy producer. The project was fully funded by the NorthWestern Energy Universal System Benefits program for the promotion of solar and wind energy education.

The Power Tower is a unique, single tower structure that supports both a 3.5kW Wind turbine and a 3.3kW photovoltaic solar array. The tower is unique in that it combines both generators on a single structure that allows lowering the turbine to the ground for safe and easy access. The electrical energy produced by these two sources is processed with electronic inverters that synchronize the energy with utility power allowing it to support the school’s electrical load.

The system is fitted with a battery bank that will allow the system to work as a backup power system for critical loads when utility power is out. The tower is fitted with a weather station that records the solar and wind resource. The performance and energy production data from these sources is uploaded to a publicly viewable website.

The Power Tower was originally designed for remote energy needs in the developing world but is proving itself as a powerful educating tool for these two important energy sources right here at home.

More information about the Power Tower and the system commissioning event at the Whitehall School can be found at More information about the Power Tower is available online at http://solaripsdev.wpengine.com/towers.

About Independent Power Systems
Founded in Bozeman in 1996, Independent Power Systems is one of the oldest renewable energy design and installation contractors in America. Independent Power Systems offers unsurpassed technical expertise, complete customer service, and in-house design, engineering and installation for the Rocky Mountain West and beyond. Independent Power Systems is a winner of the SunPower Intelegant award for technical and aesthetic excellence in solar design and installation. For more information, visit http://solaripsdev.wpengine.com.

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