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Idea Garden Solar PVs (Proposed)

Project History

  • 8/24/2017

    The Idea Garden committee, with the UI Extension, continues discussions about adding rooftop solar to the Arboretum Garden Shed hear the Idea Garden.  Last year, Idea Garden representatives worked with Masters of Energy Systems students to conside

  • 8/18/2016

    Ava Heap and Andrew Stumpf requested assistance from Morgan Johnston on an SSC project proposal for the Idea Garden rooftop solar.  Kristine provided a summary of the open issues to be addressed:


The Master Gardeners are interested in adding rooftop solar PVs to the garden shed to the east of the Idea Garden in the Arboretum. The Idea Garden is a community garden planned, managed and maintained by the Champaign County Master Gardener volunteers.

The accompanying map shows the layout of the garden, The solar panels would be installed at shed (A) and provide power to building. The power grid would be extended to the garden to power light fixtures and outlets at sites B1-B4, C and D. Remodeling of the Idea Garden to provide access for people with disabilities is scheduled to begin in 2016, so this would be an opportune time to install underground cables. A small parking lot is also to be built at D. Funding for the proposed installation is not available from the grant supporting the remodel.

Project Team

  • Project Leader:

    Ava Heap

    Team Members:

    • Sandra Mason
    • Andrew Stumpf
    • Kristine Chalifoux
    • Morgan Johnston


  • Proposed December 22, 2015
    Proposed by Ava Heap
    Investigated February 1, 2016
    Investigated by Kristine Chalifoux


Project Location(s)

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