No Fear Dentistry taps sun for hot water and electricity

Thursday, June 11, 2009

From a news release issued by Focus on Energy:

Madison No Fear Dentistry, a newly constructed dental office, [hosted] an open house on June 5, 2009 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event celebrates the facility’s grand opening as well as the completion of its new solar electric and solar hot water systems. The office is located at 344 S. Yellowstone Dr. in Madison, Wis.

The renewable energy systems were completed with technical assistance and more than $12,000 in financial incentives from Focus on Energy, Wisconsin’s energy efficiency and renewable energy initiative. Because of Focus’ assistance, Dr. David Ducommun, owner of Madison No Fear Dentistry, will be able to cut the facility’s natural gas and electricity consumption — shielding him from increases in energy costs and helping him gain energy independence.

“David is a great example of what other Wisconsin business owners can do to cut their energy costs, while helping the environment,” said Eric Callisto, Public Service Commission Chairperson. “His efforts can be emulated by so many, as Focus on Energy has a network of renewable energy experts and financial incentives readily available for thousands of eligible Wisconsin residents and businesses.”

H&H Solar Services, a Madison, Wis., based company, installed both the solar electric and solar hot water systems. The 5.4 kilowatt (kW) solar electric system consists of 30 panels on the roof of Madison No Fear Dentistry. The solar hot water system, which consists 78 square feet of collectors on the roof, is expected to offset 164 therms per year.