26 Aug '13, 1pm

Solar Energy Powers Rural Texas Ranches

Solar Energy Powers Rural Texas Ranches

Intercepting photons from the sun 93 million miles away to power his rural central Texas ranch was not something Professor Bill Bard originally conceived of when he decided decades ago to become an electrical engineer, but after 45 years of teaching the subject to students at the University of Texas at Austin, that’s exactly what he recently did. “I thought it would be cool to make electricity from solar panels,” Dr. Bard states, adding with a wide grin that “you can’t spell ‘geek’ without a double EE.” If anyone can appreciate the beauty and simplicity of converting sunlight into electrical current, it’s an electrical engineer. Running calculations on the number of solar panels he could squeeze onto the various rooftops of his working Caldwell County ranch, Bard teamed up with Texas Solar Power Company of Austin to design and install a 10.31 kilowatt (kW) rooftop solar ph...

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