Kenai Wildlife Refuge starting to track solar energy

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KENAI, Alaska (AP) - The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge can finally determine how much power it is generating from a pair of solar panels installed for the opening of the new visitor center in 2015.

The Peninsula Clarion reports refuge staff says the solar system's digital metering had been kept inactive until the federally-operated refuge could fulfill certain security requirements. Mechanic Don Hendrickson says the metering system is now up and running and he's been able to track the solar panel activity since November.

He says the panels put out about 4.3 kilowatts each day and are expected to generate 20 kilowatts in the summertime.

The new refuge headquarters building also has several other power-saving and clean energy technology features, including LED lights and a wood-burning soapstone fireplace to heat the lobby and gift shop.

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