September 8, 2008

Solar-Power Company Pitches Proposal for Prairie Du Chien


PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. - A solar-power project, like one that's never been undertaken before, might be in the works, making Prairie du Chien "a model for other cities."

That's what George Anagnost, director of sales for Novan Solar based in Golden, Colo., told the Prairie du Chien City Council Committee of the Whole Tuesday night.

He reviewed the work of his company in Colorado, types of technology and financing alternatives. "Eventually, we'd like to hire local technical people and open an office here and make Prairie du Chien a center for renewable and solar energy," said Anagnost.

Why Prairie du Chien? It seems Mayor Karl Steiner knows McGregor, Iowa, resident John Auten, who has a solar home in Colorado. Auten's son, Josh, contacted Novan.

Anagnost said projects between $200,000 and $2 million are "right up our alley." He offered to put together a program for Prairie du Chien that would include municipal buildings.

Novan would work with consultants from Summit Blue, which has Alliant Energy as a client, he said. The consultants also would work with Rich Bannen, a local solar provider.

"I can't do it by myself," Brennen said. "George has this plan that will work, and I know other companies."

Bannen said grants are out there and money is available.

Finance Committee Chair-man Phil Dagnon said Anagnost should "study what we have," and Alderman Joe Ruskey suggested that any project be done in phases.

"Do it right," he said.

Alderman Frank Pintz eventually moved to have Novan Solar do free estimates of what it would cost to do all city buildings and have a report within six months.

Originally published by NORB ASCHOM For the TH.

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