Construction Art Completes the First State Funded Solar Project in Tennessee


solarKnoxville, TN, October 19, 2010 --( Construction Art, a leading alternative energy solutions provider completed the first state funded solar project in Tennessee. Funded in part by the Tennessee Solar Institute’s installation grant program, this ten kilowatt solar system shown in the picture will help Chucky Creek Farms with their power bills for over twenty five years.

Mr. Tom Leach, operator and owner of Chucky Creek Farms, will receive a $2 per watt grant totaling $20,000 from the Tennessee Solar Institute.

In addition, the Tennessee Valley Authority will credit Chuckey Creek Farms twelve cents over their current rate for every kilowatt produced for the next ten years plus a $1,000 sign up bonus. After all available tax incentives are factored in; this project will have an approximate payback period of less than three years and will reduce the carbon footprint by approximately eleven thousand pounds of CO2 a year.

Mr. Leach pursued the project based on his concern on oil dependency and the environment. He hopes it will help improve the environment for his neighbors and future generations in addition to the savings on his electric bill. The owner is happy to see his electric output already reducing his carbon footprint.

“The contractor was very efficient, thorough and willing to go beyond the scope to get the job done in a timely manner. Quality of workmanship was superb and the selection of equipment was excellent,” Mr Leach said. Solon Blue 230, SMA Sunny Boy 5000US inverters and Schletter racking composed this system configuration. The project was managed and completed by Construction Art of Afton, TN. With over ten mega watt experience through its allied company MW Solar from Baden Baden Germany, Construction Art provides the latest technology with superb craftsmanship at affordable prices. For more information call 888 930 2255.
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Written by John Curtis
Sunday, 20 February 2011

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Solar Tour at Sigma Sigma Sigma Columbia Missouri



The Eta Chi Chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma invites you to view our brand new, energy efficient sorority house at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Completed in June 2012, the Tri Sigma sorority house is not only the first Tri Sigma chapter in the world to implement a 30 kW PV system but also the first sorority to implement said system at the MU. Utilizing the consulting services of Construction Art, a company specializing in green building technologies, Tri Sigma was able to discover ways to reduce operating expenses and become more energy efficient. The facility also features GreenVue, a monitoring system that provides a live display of the solar energy production, as well as, educational content to our guests.

The Eta Chi Chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma encourages you to come visit our new home and see how we are trying to make a difference in the environment around us.


Krios Donuts goes Solar in in Rehoboth Mass


Date/Time - 10/01/2012 - 12/10/2012

You are cordially invited to visit Krios Donuts, one of the most environmentally friendly Dunkin Donuts shops located in Rehoboth MA. This store is not only solar powered by it is all LED too. This newly built store constructed by DeMelo Construction includes a 15kW grid tied solar system. Configuration of 60 Solarworld 250 Monos, Enphase M215 micros and of course Schletter Alugrid.Please come and visit this beautiful restaurant and help us spreada the word out there so that more people will come to witness the green efforts made possible in part by the assistance of our consultants at Construction Art.


Skyway Donuts goes Solar in St Pete Florida


Date/Time10/01/2012 - 12/10/2012

SkywaySkyway Donuts, owner of the newest Dunkin Donuts store in St Petersburg Florida, cordially invites you to visit their solar powered restaurant.
With the assistance of Construction Art as green consultant, we have implemented one of first commercial heating and cooling solar power systems in the country.Our Lennox Energence Sunsource includes 22 Solarworld mono modules inverted by Enphase M215 micros, Schletter racking; 15 tons of commercial HVAC powered by the sun. The manufacturer claims a 42% power reduction as compared to conventional HVAC systems. We are still gathering data. Please join us and celebrate as we continue to care about our environment as well as providing our customers with great service and great coffee, soft drinks, bakery products and sandwiches.



Construction Art Headquarters Reach Net Zero

Date/Time11/13/2012 - 11/16/2012

Construction Art cordially invites you to visit our headquarters located in the Tri Cities area of East Tennessee to view our PV system hard at work. Through the efforts of the local USDA Rural Development, TVA and our own resources, we have established a net zero office through the implementation of a 5kW PV system on our facility's roof. The facility also features GreenVue, a monitoring system that provides a live display of the solar energy production, as well as, educational content to our guests.
Designed in the 1980s as a Solar Passive home by the famous architect, Mark Honeycutt; the home was later acquired by the Krebs family and eventually turned into the Krebs Ventures headquarters. A subsidiary of Krebs Ventures, Construction Art has been instrumental in deploying PV systems on various projects across the country; including, one of the first Dunkin Donuts restaurants to implement a PV system in the country (featured in the 2008 Solar tour); the first Idle Aire truck stop in the country to utilize solar power   in White Pine, TN; and the first Dunkin Donuts restaurant to be cooled and heated by solar power utilizing a Lennox Sunsource HVAC system.

We look forward to you visiting our headquarters located in the middle of the Appalachian countryside!Please contact Art with any questions at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Construction Art forms Strategic Alliance with MW Solar from Baden Baden, Germany


Strip Mall Solar

solarThe favorite new topping for green business consultant Art Krebs's Dunkin Donuts fare isn't maple or chocolate sprinkles – it's a new kind of glaze called solar photovoltaics (PV). And it is the integrated equation of 8.9kW of electricity-generating solar panels, tankless hot water systems, automatic faucets, light switches and LED lot-lights that ensure those who frequent the Dunkin Donuts shops owned by Roger Deslauriers and Richard Demers (clients of Krebs' brother-in-law) are enjoying one green cup of joe.


The Deslauriers engaged National Solar Tour organizer Krebs and his company Construction Art to identify the fastest and most effective ways to cut energy consumption and reduce their carbon footprint. They wanted to not only reduce their operational costs, but share the benefits of their investments with their customers. Tax credits, rebates and Krebs's energy saving strategies helped them recoup approximately 70% of their initial investment. The solar energy solution itself has offset 10% of the store's overall energy consumption.


The rewarding feedback the men are receiving from this project has inspired them to introduce similar solutions at other Dunkin Donuts. And the solar solution on its rooftop makes this quaint little shop the tucked away the cozy Massachusetts community of South Main Attleboro the nation's first quick-service restaurant to utilize solar energy to cut its costs. In less than 60 days, the men's Attleboro and two sister stores have generated enough energy to power 40 houses for a day and reduce their carbon footprint by 4,555 pounds of CO2. They've also offset emissions equivalent to driving a car for 159 consecutive days. Their solar energy systems alone will reduce 2,221,800 lbs. of CO2 equivalent to energy to power 6000 houses for a day, and reduce pollution equivalent to driving a car for over 4,608,350 miles. In addition, the site's new water control system will save approximately 36,792 gallons each year.


"These results are the direct effect from only three average size Dunkin Donuts stores," said Krebs. "Imagine how much more we could achieve if the hundreds of thousands of quick-service restaurants in the country got on board. That is our goal -- it dovetails with the National Solar Tour's Goal of inspiring people to explore their available options to start helping the environment, while serving up a little green for their wallets.”

Solar panels help make Dobyns-Bennett a greener school


solarKINGSPORT — Dobyns-Bennett High School and the region got a little greener last week, thanks to electricity-generating solar panels a contractor and students installed atop D-B’s Career Technical Education Center.The 22 panels will generate a total of five kilowatts, which is green engineering that in times of low power usage will make an electric meter for the building run backward as the panels put electricity into the grid.

“Basically, it’s going to turn the electric meter backward,” said Ginger Keller-Ferguson, the school system’s technical and grant writer, who applied for the grant to fund the project on behalf of the school system.To put the project in perspective, Keller-Ferguson said each year the system will avoid the need for putting 8,939 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, reducing pollution the equivalent of 10,726 miles of automobile driving.


It also has the same impact on the environment as planting 30,096 square feet of trees.Kingsport City Schools last fall received a $44,625 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Schools program grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission.
The ARC funding went through the CTE Department at D-B for the project, titled Seminars in Green Collar Job Preparation. It funded the installation of a photovoltaic solar power system atop the CTE Center.

Art Krebs of Afton, Tenn.-based Construction Art installed the panels and the rest of the system, with help from students of engineering teacher Randy Elam. Krebs said the panels will provide enough or almost enough power for the distance learning area lights and computers with bright sunlight, producing surplus power when those things are not in heavy use.The freshmen and potential future green engineers involved with the project said it was fascinating to be directly involved with the green technology.

Lindsey Altizer, 14, said her first career choice for now is a pharmacist, but her second choice is engineer.

Peter Alley, 15, was in a pre-engineering class but got to help with the solar panel project.

Asked if such technology would become more commonplace, Alley said, “It depends on what kind of tax is going to be slapped on this.”

“I don’t see us in 30 years having flying cars,” he said but predicted more efficient green energy is coming.

And Estrella Martinez, 14, said the class fits in with her possible goal of becoming an engineer.

“I like working on stuff. I love science,” she said.

The installation will offset a portion of the energy consumption of the new distance learning computer lab in the CTE Center and will serve as a learning tool for a series of green collar job awareness and preparation seminars.

CTE students were involved in the design and installation of the solar equipment, and Web-based tools will allow students to monitor the unit’s energy output in real time.

Elam said that in Germany most homes have solar panels installed on their roofs at no charge through a government program. Over a 20-year period of a government contract, homeowners receive the equivalent of $20,000.

The teacher said he’s thought about putting panels atop his own home, but the expense and payback time make it an expensive proposition for most U.S. residents unless they have a home well off the existing grid.

Lesson plans provided by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy program will be used in conjunction with green collar career workshops to raise student and community awareness of energy efficiency, renewable resources, and career opportunities in the expanding green collar job market.

Program curricula and learning tools will be utilized across a wide spectrum of CTE programs of study as well as traditional academic courses in math and science.

On Friday, Elam’s lesson to his afternoon pre-engineering sciences class was a review of the system, which includes the solar panels, a direct current disconnect switch, a power inverter that coverts DC to alternating current, and an AC disconnect switch.

The AC switch is to prevent the solar-generated electricity from inadvertently energizing the grid in the event of a power outage. That could cause workers trying to repair an outage to get electrocuted and is the same reason electric companies warn homeowners about not electrifying the grid with home generators during a power outage.

In essence, Elam explained that the panels act like a DC battery, using the radiation energy from the sun to generate a differential charge between electrons and voids to send the flow of electrons — or electricity — through the panel and into the system.

Keller-Ferguson said Krebs has been great to work with, particularly in letting students get hands-on experience in the panel installation.

Krebs said he wants to work with the system to get another grant, this one to put in place a solar collector that would heat water for the pool at D-B using a heat exchange system, not generating electricity.
By Rick Wagner
Franchise Owner Says Investment in Saving Energy Pays Off

solarDunkin’ Donut franchise owner and operator Roger Deslauriers was skeptical when he heard that installing planet-friendly technology could cut his utility bills. To him, utility bills were a fixed expense. Energy costs could only go up, he thought, which would eventually lead to raising prices on donuts, coffee and sandwiches.

Now after several months of being a guinea pig for going “green” in his Dunkin’ shops, Deslauriers is not just an advocate; he is a champion for solar panels and sun-blocking glass as well as efficient lighting, hand dryers, ovens and coffee makers.

A recent survey of his customers in three Massachusetts shops also showed widespread approval of the energy-saving measures. More than three-fourths of the customers said they would shop again at Dunkin’ Donuts because of the green measures.

Deslauriers is not only planning to install the energy-saving equipment in his Florida shops after the hurricane season, he is also considering erecting an energy-producing windmill at his Rehoboth, MA shop. “I only do things that make sense,” Deslauriers said.

Deslauriers’ shops join several other fast food restaurants, coffee shops and casual dining restaurants that are experimenting with going green. McDonalds is building its first green restaurants. A handful of McDonalds are adding lamps that use light-emitting diodes, energy-efficient appliances and heating and cooling systems, daylight-harvesting technologies, sustainable and recycled materials, low-flow toilets and recycling bins.

Starbucks has set a goal of having all new company-owned stores be green-certified beginning next year. According to its announcements, the coffee chain has set eco-friendly goals for all new company-owned stores that 50 percent of each store’s energy will come from renewable sources, and that they will be 25 percent more energy efficient. It will replace all stores’ incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs and ensure that 100 percents of its cup supply is reusable or recyclable within five years.

Other restaurant chains and their franchisees that reportedly have joined in the green movement include Denny’s Corp., Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. and Subway. With about 250,000 fast-food restaurants in the U.S., the fast-food industry could give the market for energy-saving technologies a huge boost.

The catalyst for Deslauriers’ decision to go green was Art Krebs, CEO of Construction Art and a DDIFO Gold Sponsor for the upcoming DDIFO Members Meeting. Krebs had been the construction manager on Deslauriers’ shops in Florida. Then Krebs opened his own company, which focused on installing energy-saving equipment.
Roger Desiauriers, co-owner of the Dunkin Donuts on South Main Street in Attleboro, shows an energy-saving hand dryer. that works quickly and without heat. (Sun Chronicle photo by Martin Gavin)

Roger Desiauriers, co-owner of the Dunkin Donuts on South Main Street in Attleboro, shows an energy-saving hand dryer. that works quickly and without heat. (Sun Chronicle photo by Martin Gavin)

In what he describes as a pilot project that was launched in January, Krebs persuaded Deslauriers to install a menu of energy-saving technologies, including most notably solar panels on three Dunkin’ shops in Massachusetts. He also installed other conservation measures that included automatic faucets, which can save up to 70% on water use; motion-sensitive lighting, which saves 35% of the energy used for lighting; and energy-efficient Dyson hand dryers, which use about 60% less electricity than standard electric hand dryers.

Now that the summer (admittedly an unusually cool summer) is nearing an end, the results of the pilot program are in. The results are a reduction of 24 to 30 percent in utility costs. Krebs, who is tracking the savings and investment closely on the three stores, reports that electric costs on average for the stores dropped from $249.74 a day in 2008 before the energy-saving technologies were installed to $209.34 per day in 2009. That is a savings of about $40 a day or $1,200 per month.

To Deslauriers, the improvements made sense because of the incentives that the federal government and some utility companies are giving for businesses that install energy-efficiency equipment.

In Massachusetts, the utility, National Grid, repays businesses one third of the costs of installing the equipment. And it pays within 70 days. The federal government is also paying businesses to install solar-power generating equipment and other energy-saving technologies. Plus Deslauriers said the equipment can be depreciated at an accelerated rate.
Krebs estimates that the payback for the investment in the equipment is less than five years. And the life expectancy of the equipment is 20 to 25 years.

Not every Dunkin’ store is the same. And the mix of what equipment an owner chooses to buy will determine how much savings there is, Krebs said. Thus, the results will vary.

The investments including solar panels can run $200,000 and up, Krebs said. He is working with several banks which have readily approved loans for energy-saving equipment because of the savings in utilities costs, he said.
“Utility costs are not usually a controllable expense,” Deslauriers said. But he estimates that his return on the investment in energy-saving equipment is about 13%. “Where else can you get a return today of 13%,” he said.
Saving money on utilities also allows the shops to keep their prices from rising as fast, Deslauriers said.  “I am very happy,” he said.

Krebs said there are five areas within Dunkin’ shops where major energy efficiencies can be achieved. The primary areas of savings are in installing more efficient ovens, coffee makers and other large pieces of equipment, improved heating and air-conditioning systems, more efficient lighting, small equipment like the hand dryers and in reduced water consumption.  He also advocates installing a system to reduce the carbon dioxide in the stores’ air. That alone will save $1 per square per year, he said.

But the green-building program is more than just about dollars and cents. When Krebs surveyed customers at the three shops in Massachusetts, almost every customer (97%) said they were pleased that the shops have installed energy-saving features. And 77% of the customers said the installation of green technologies will encourage them to come back to the shops.

Krebs also believes that going green will have a positive impact on Dunkin’ employees. “If they feel like they are doing something positive for the environment, and they will stay longer,” Krebs said.

“Everyone has a conscience, but most of us can’t do anything about helping the environment,” Krebs said. “So if they think by shopping or working at Dunkin’ they can help the planet, they will do it.”