Thursday, May 14, 2015, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Inland Power & Light
10110 W. Hallett Road, Spokane, WA 99224
An Inland Power engineer will teach about solar power, local electricity, and wind turbines. Come learn about energy from an Inland Power conservationist.
An excerpt from an article by Shelly P. who attended a field trip to Inland Power in the past.
From lessons in the founding fathers of electricity to discussions of “distributed generation” (the use of small-scale power generation technologies located close to the load being served), the guides at Inland Power challenged their audience. Learning about the trade-offs involved in decisions such as which type of power should be utilized revealed the complexity of the power industry. Richard Damiano, Chief Engineer at Inland Power, engaged students as he asked them to demonstrate how electricity works. As one student “electron” bumped the next student who nudged the next on down the line until their energy “created electricity,” it was clear that Richard had a gift in connecting with children. Mr. Damiano even managed to provide a character lesson as he pointed out the number of failures Thomas Edison experienced as he sought the correct combination to light the bulb. The moral of the story: Perseverance pays!
Inland Power is a member-owned electric cooperative serving in and around the Spokane area. Housed downtown for 58 years, the company decided it was time to move into their own service territory in 2009. Earning a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) designation for the construction of their 26,000 square foot administrative building at 10110 Hallett (just off the Medical Lake exit) was a massive job. Due to the commitment of John Franciso, IT Manager, and others at Inland, the planning paid off. From the floating concrete floors to the color of paint to the light monitor, which receives a 93% daylit rank, the details work together to make the building environment pleasant and efficient.
As Mr. Franciso answered questions and explained the way business was done, it was evident that all decisions were based on the philosophy “every dollar we spend is a member’s dollar.” As a cooperative, the member is the reason for Inland Power’s existence and that is evident in the way they run their operation.
Age: This presentation is designed for kids in grades 4-12, although kids in grades K-3 can attend.
What to wear: A short part of this tour will be outside so dress accordingly.
Tour limits: 35 students
Note: You must be a Inland Power customer (aka Inland Power member) to attend this tour.