Bayfield County Annex
The Bayfield County courthouse annex facility, home to the county jail and other department offices, installed a solar hot water system in 2008. The system serves all of the building's water needs which includes inmate showers and laundry. Additionally, any extra hot water is routed to the natural gas boiler system, further reducing those energy costs.
Before installing the solar hot water system, the county implemented energy efficiency measures including installing low-flow shower heads, insulating pipes, and a new, well insulated roof. The estimated payback of the system is 9 years with a panel life of 30 years.
Read more about this project in this Ashland Daily Press article
In 2012, a solar PV system was also installed. The 12 panels produce an average of 10-20 kilowatt-hours daily. View real-time energy production of this system here!
Type of system: Solar hot water and solar PV
System size: 8 panels and 12 panels, respectively
Installation information: Let it Shine Energy Services, Washburn