? In October of 2007, the Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT) rewarded a Rural Tourism Development Grant to Arcosanti. The grant, worth $50,000, will be used to enhance the Visitors’ Parking and Access area of the site.
We reported on 12/12, 12/17, 12/19, 12/21 and 12/26 about the first stage of work, installation of new concrete walk-ways and an upgrade of the visitors parking-lot. ? In October of 2007, the Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT) rewarded a Rural Tourism Development Grant to Arcosanti. The grant, worth $50,000, will be used to enhance the Visitors’ Parking and Access area of the site.
We reported on 12/12, 12/17, 12/19, 12/21 and 12/26 about the first stage of work, installation of new concrete walk-ways and an upgrade of the visitors parking-lot.
We continue the series of reports on the second stage of work [posting started on 2/18/08], about installation of solar panels and lighting.
Reporter Stephen Colbert interviewed Arcosanti site electrician Dr. Sparks and published a story about the solar installing in the Feb. 6. 2008 issue of the Big Bug / Canyon Country News. From the interview:
Dr. Sparks: “We couldn’t have done it without Ben Mancini of EV Solar Products in Chino Valley. The lighting system is totally off the grid.”
“We’ve got 16 storage batteries and the system produces about 9 kilowatts per day. Even with a power outage, we can run the lights for 2 – 3 days.” [photo: Dr. Sparks with Ben Mancini of EV Solar Products in Chino Valley, picking up the control and distribution unit for the solar panels and lighting].


? A sturdy storage shed with interior shelving was purchased from Lowe’s and assembled right next to the solar panel frame.


? The bank of batteries and the control unit have been mounted in place inside of the shed and site electrician Brendan Scott works on the wiring.
We continue this report on 3/10/08.

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