? In October of 2007, the Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT), awarded 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 on the east side of the parking lot and an upgrade of the visitors parking area. ? In October of 2007, the Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT), awarded 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 on the east side of the parking lot and an upgrade of the visitors parking area.
Work has continued all along, with the installation of path-lighting and a set of solar panels. We will report this week and all next week on the stages of installation.


? Arizona State University, under the leadership of Program Manager William Shisler, has awarded Arcosanti a gift of solar panels from their Photovoltaic Testing Laboratory.
Our site electrician Dr. Sparks, in an interview with BigBug Canyon Country News reporter Bruce Colbert:
“The real coup was getting the eight solar panels. Arizona State University Photovoltaic Testing Laboratory donated the solar panels to us. The ASU PTL tests the paenls for their wattage capacity, heat and humidity durability and basically put the panels through the wringer to see how they stand up, then they gave them to us.”

We send a very big THANK YOU to William Shisler and the ASU Photovoltaic Testing Laboratory.


? First step: preparing for and subsequently welding the steel frame, which will hold the solar panels in place. After establishing the necessary angle (note the curved shape, which will hold the cylindrical girder), Ron Chandler welds the A-frames into shape, and they are ready to go to the installation-site …

To be continued on 2/20/08.

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