The director of Luther College's Center for Sustainable Communities, Jim Martin-Schramm, will present "Solar to Storage" during the Winneshiek Energy District's May Online Lunch from 12-1 p.m. Tuesday, May 19.
The director of Luther College’s
Center for Sustainable Communities, Jim Martin-Schramm, will present
“Solar to Storage” during the Winneshiek Energy District’s May Online
Lunch from 12-1 p.m. Tuesday, May 19. During the online event, Martin-Schramm
will discuss a new project happening at Luther that includes a new solar array
and an associated battery storage solution.
This initiative will more than
double the amount of solar energy that serves the campus. It will also provide
an energy storage solution that will enable Luther to reduce peak demand, which
is the most expensive electricity to purchase.
are very excited about this new solar array as
it is projected to produce about 10% of Luther’s annual electricity consumption,”
said Martin-Schramm. “It will help the college reduce campus operating
costs while also reducing Luther’s carbon footprint.”
nationally in the top 10 colleges for campus sustainability, Luther has made serious
commitments to energy efficiency and renewable energy with a goal of reducing
greenhouse gas emissions by 70% and becoming carbon neutral by year 2030. Of
course, the institution cannot tackle this feat alone.
“Luther is proud to partner with a second local
investor on this project. This public-private partnership to develop more
renewable energy will recycle energy dollars in the local economy and is
consistent with the mission of the Winneshiek Energy District and Luther
College,” said Martin-Schramm.
multi-million-dollar initiative is expected to be up and operational within the
next six months.
learn more about this project and the logic behind storing solar power for future
use visit energydistrict.org/events/breakfast/ to register for the webinar by
Monday, May 18.
is the director of the Center for Sustainable Communities and Professor of
Religion. He provides oversight to all areas of sustainability at Luther as
well as working to expand the center’s outreach to the community and region. He
has served on the boards of the Iowa Wind Energy Association and Iowa
Interfaith Power & Light. He continues to serve on the board of the
Winneshiek Energy District. He also serves as Secretary of Luther College Wind
Energy Project, LLC. Most of his research has focused on ethics and public
policy. He holds a doctorate in Christian Ethics from Union Theological
Seminary in New York City.
(Tuesday) 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm