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Repurposed Civil War-era barn now outfitted with 21st century solar installation

Written by: Leonard Parker | Solar News | 21st October


EFS Energy

EFS Energy recently completed a 25.5-kW solar installation on a Civil War-era barn at Magill Farms in Millstadt, Illinois. This particular barn style, designed around the late 1800s, is known as a gambrel or prairie roof.

“What makes this such a unique build is that our designers made an effort to not only use the roof face, but we also encompassed the flat surfaces, as well,” said Jay Gifford, construction project manager at EFS. “A lot of other solar companies wouldn’t attempt a project like this because of the difficulty of the build, but EFS Energy has a proud history of customer service and an affinity for problem solving.”

EFS is based in St. Louis and has been developing solar installations across the Midwest for over 10 years. The company estimates that this solar array will offset 100% of the energy annual use for both the resident’s home and barn.

“EFS was excited to take on the unique challenges of installing solar on a historic, Civil War-era barn. Our expert installation crew was able to maintain the company’s high-quality standards without compromising on safety. The result is an aesthetically pleasing blend of a historic landmark and cutting-edge technology,” said Paul McKnight, owner and CEO of EFS Energy.

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Source: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2021/10/repurposed-civil-war-era-barn-solar-installation/