Major Solar Installation At Thunderhill
Willows, Ca. February 14, 2013….. Alternative Energy Systems [AES] a Chico based solar company is ensconced at the local Thunderhill Raceway Park in the process of installing 314 solar panels to the already diverse energy program at the Willows road race track. The $336,824 project began just a week ago and is schedule to bring the facility to a point nearing grid-neutral status when combined with the track’s three wind generators and the pending solar field to be located on 133 acres of property north of the raceway. “We are very excited about this project and what it means to the image and energy use of Thunderhill Park,” noted track energy expert Stuart Seitz. Seitz is a 2010 graduate of Chico State and three-year employee of the raceway located at 5250 Hwy 162 in Willows.
Thunderhill Park will have three separate systems connected to PG&E services producing a kilowatt rating of 94,200 watts. The 314 monocrystalline solar panels, all manufactured in the USA, will produce 136,983 kilowatt hours annually using eleven 7000 watt DC to AC power inverters. The annual savings projected for the raceway is $24,000. The 25 year planning model for the installation shows a projected energy savings of $901,672. The annual greenhouse gas reduction from the system’s use would cancel out the consumption of 11,000 gallons of gasoline, energy used by 14.5 homes over a year, as well as “carbon” sequestered by 2,478 tree seedlings grown for ten years or 79.2 acres of US forests.
Thunderhill Park is regarded as a leader in many areas of alternate energy applications not only from its own efforts but as a result of partnering with track users such as Tesla, Brammo and other developers of electric vehicles. “We are committed to the future,” Seitz said, “and we are constantly on the lookout for ways to utilize Thunderhill Park for the advancement of technology and environmental causes.”
Thunderhill Park opened in 1993 and is celebrating its 20th anniversary throughout 2013. Many special events are planned on race weekends in 2013 including a major event for the community where everyone will be encouraged to attend and see the facility after twenty years of development.
The track also hopes to invest close to four million dollars into the property in 2013 to insure its future in the industry and its position as a major contributor to the broader Glenn County economy for many years to come.
Information about Thunderhill Park can be obtained by accessing www.thunderhill.com or by calling David Vodden at  934-5588 e-101.