Civil War Battlefield Gets Solar Power

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park preserves historic earthworks, cannon emplacements and monuments that help people learn about and interpret the great Civil War battle that took place there in June 1864 – a rare full-frontal assault by Gen. William T. Sherman’s on Confederate troops in his bid to reach nearby Atlanta. Now, a decidedly 21st century element has been grafted onto the park, with the installation of a solar power system, LED lamps and a new roof with improved insulating material at the visitor center.

In a press release, AEG Power Solutions described how it designed, engineered and did the installation of the various improvements.  The aspect of the project visitors will most readily notice: the rooftop PV system. AEG said it consists of 288 modules, made by Georgia-based panel company Suniva, that are expected to generate 67,000 kilowatt hours of energy every year.

Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield, solar system

image via National Park Service

The work at Kennesaw was featured in a presentation for National Park Service facility managers in November, and according to AEG “will serve as a demonstration for future renewable energy implementations in other national parks across the United States.”

By the way, though Sherman was stymied at Kennesaw, it was just about two months later that he would be able to send word to President Lincoln stating, “Atlanta is ours, and fairly won.”

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Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.

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