Fox Cities Festival of Lights Uses Renewable Energy

By Microgrid Resources Coalition posted 12-03-2019 13:42

  

Sierra Trojan, Fox 11 News

Summary

The Fox Cities Festival of Lights in Harrison illuminates the night. It's a new holiday light show held at the Darboy Community Park.

Powering about two-thirds of these LED bulbs is a renewable energy microgrid.

"We needed power way in the back where it's like 700 feet from the main panel to back there and it's like, that's a lot of extension cords to run. So we thought, let's go that route and it's kind of grown from there to be like, hey, this is really cool," Fox Cities Festival of Lights founder Shaun Forslund said.

The microgrid is unique for commercial light displays.

"As far as I know we're the only commercial display like this in the country using renewable energy to power it," Forslund said.

Faith Technologies and Excellerate donated the microgrid -- and organizers are already looking ahead.

"Next year maybe we'll look at running the entire display off of solar panels," Forslund said.

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