Another project we’ve been working on is making QR tags and placing them on the buildings that have solar panels. People with a QR tag reader (usually a free app) can point their smart phone at the tag and it should bring up a 2 minute video about someone from that location explaining the solar installation at that location. This is very useful for places like the Ypsilanti Food Cooperative where the panels are on the roof and not visible from the front of the building. Here is a picture of the QR tag on the Ypsi Food Coop.
and on the River Street Bakery
Head over to the 312 River Street and point your phone at the wall, or if you’re lazy, just point your phone at the pictures on this blog posting.
Don’t have a smart phone? The videos are also available on the SolarYpsi website. Click on one of the locations and then click on the “files” tab to see a link to the video.
Thanks to Paul Haas for helping me make the tag at the Maker Works in Ann Arbor, to Nik Estep for writing the QR tag code for the SolarYpsi website, to Steve Pierce and HDL.com for hosting the SolarYpsi website, and to all the “actors” in the current and future videos.
Recall that back in October we got the River Street Bakery solar installation up and running. We had a little bit of trouble with the monitoring program, but it’s up and running and you can now watch the power being generated at the Bakery, here.
This will be an interesting graph to watch because the solar installation was designed to make the Bakery near 100% solar powered, exporting excess power during the day and bringing it back in during the evenings.
The City Hall project made that building about 3% solar powered and the original Ypsi Food Coop project made that portion of the building about 50% solar powered.
Currently the Bakery is only running about 30% solar powered but we’re in the dead of winter and hope to make up the difference during the summer. We also have one tree to trim to improve the installation’s efficiency.
I’d like to thank volunteers Paul Haas, Jon Keim, and Nik Estep for helping me with my laptop data collector troubles, getting the display computer running at the store, and turning on the Bakery section of the website.
Our next project will hopefully be at Adams School. I’ve already met with Principal Dr. Connie Thompson, and we’ve filled out an application for a ~3KW system with the Michigan Renewable School Program. I hope to meet with Superintendent Dedrick Martin soon to figure out how to raise $4000 in matching funds.
Stop by the Ypsi Food Coop to purchase a loaf of River Street bread made with 100% renewable energies. Photovoltaic for the electricity and wood for the baking. They also have SolarYpsi T-shirts.