Faith Technologies, in partnership with Schneider Electric, is engineering and building the largest, most advanced microgrid in the Midwest to power the Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve using renewable energy. The new 18,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art environmental center is expected to be complete and open to the public in January 2018. Faith Technologies is partnering with The Boldt Company on the construction of the building.
The Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve, located in Appleton, Wisconsin, is a 725-acre non-profit nature preserve that connects the community to nature for a healthier, stronger and more sustainable future. The microgrid will include photovoltaic solar, a hydrogen fuel cell, battery storage, micro turbine and a natural gas generator, which will enable Bubolz to demonstrate the most advanced methods of energy conservation in the world, with STEM programs to educate students of all ages.
Faith Technologies will construct the microgrid and install Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Microgrid Advisor, which will manage the distribution of energy resources at Bubolz, including photovoltaic solar power, a microturbine, batteries and hydrogen fuel cells.
Other benefits of the advanced microgrid includes the potential to have zero carbon emissions and to achieve 50% lifetime power savings. The microgrid will provide power to Bubolz’s main facility, as well as the smaller buildings on the property, while achieving net-zero energy consumption.
Faith Technologies, Inc. is a national leader in electrical planning, engineering, design and installation. With more than 2,400 employees, Faith Technologies is one of the largest privately-held contractors in the United States.