Painting can be a frustrating and even tedious task as arms begin to tire and frustration builds from first coat to last, but never here at the Steger Wilderness Center. Listening to musical renditions of the oldies, painting faces on walls, and charismatic conversations discussing the ethics of Disney songs give the Painting Maidens a reason to carry on. The past two days Andrea Sandeen and I have been painting rooms in the Power House in preparation for installation of the German lead-acid batteries for the new solar panel array.
Last summer, a momentous event occurred at the Steger Center of which many people are not aware. Minnesota’s first fully operational electrical system separate from the electric grid was installed. Sundial Solar, a Minnesota based company, installed the solar array and will be finishing it this weekend. More panels are being added and the system will be up and running by the end of the summer.
Though it was brutally hot and we became canvases in the process, the painting project was for a purpose that the Steger Wilderness Center has anticipated for decades, a micro grid. The Painting Maidens are just helping on one of the last steps before the finished product.
By Sarah Evans