Len Foote Hike Inn and Soenso Energy Partner to Heat Water with Solar Power

Source: Press release soenso Energy
Len Foote Hike Inn, a backcountry lodge deep in Georgia’s Chattahoochee National Forest, is offering its guests solar-heated showers with a new state-of-the-art solar thermal system from Soenso Energy


      (July 8, 2009) – Dawsonville, Dawson County, Georgia – Len Foote Hike Inn, a backcountry lodge deep in north Georgia’s Chattahoochee National Forest, is offering its guests solar-heated showers with a new state-of-the-art solar Schuco-USA thermal system.

     “This solar system is highly efficient and significantly reduces propane to heat water for our bathhouse,” says Hike Inn Manager Stan Krajeski.

     A partnership between the Hike Inn and Marietta, Georgia-based Soenso Energy will make the system an education tool.  “Working with the Hike Inn was a great experience,” says Roger Cone, a principal in Soenso Energy.  “Thousands of annual visitors will take solar-heated showers and learn how solar energy is key to our energy future.”

     For more than a decade, the Len Foote Hike Inn – accessible to its guests only by a five-mile mountain footpath beginning at the top of Amicalola Falls – has been a showplace of environmental sustainability.  “We have solar photovoltaic panels, solar thermal water heating, composting toilets and worm beds to help dispose of our garbage,” says Steve Skinner, board member of the nonprofit overseeing the Hike Inn.  “Our guests learn about nature and sustainability while enjoying the outdoors.”

     Owned by the Georgia State Parks and operated by not-for-profit Appalachian Education and Recreation Services, the Len Foote Hike Inn, Dawsonville, Georgia,  is Georgia’s only backcountry inn. www.hike-inn.com 

     Soenso Energy in Marietta, Georgia, near Atlanta, is a renewable energy dealer and installer featuring Schuco solar-thermal water heating, Schuco solar photovoltaic electric and Skystream 3.7 wind turbine energy systems. www.soenso.com; info@soenso.com, (770) 973-6298.

Six Feet Under – Westside Is First Restaurant In Atlanta To Utilize Wind Energy

Urban Wind Turbine From Soenso Energy Generates Clean Electricity For Pub & Fish House

ATLANTA, GEORGIA, January 5, 2009 – Roger K. Cone, president of renewable energy integrator Soenso Energy of Marietta, Georgia, announced today that Six Feet Under-Westside Pub & Fish House has become the first restaurant in Atlanta to use wind energy to generate electricity to help power its business. Restaurateurs Nancy and Tad Mitchell selected the Skystream 3.7 Wind Turbine for their location at 685 11th Street NW in Atlanta. The Skystream is mounted on a forty-five foot tower at the back of the restaurant’s parking lot. The sleek wind turbine, overlooking the Atlanta Water Works, is on one of the hiskystream1ghest points in the city and is visible to southbound traffic on Howell Mill Road and Northside Drive.

About the Skystream 3.7

The Skystream, developed by Arizona-based Southwest Windpower in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab, has unique curved blades for quiet operation. It is the first residential/small commercial wind turbine that includes a built-in inverter and requires no external components. The Skystream qualifies for Federal and Georgia clean energy income tax credits. With Atlanta’s average annual wind speeds of about nine mph, the Skystream should generate approximately 200kWh/month of clean electricity. The Skystream 3.7 was awarded a 2006 Best of What’s New award from the editors of Popular Science and included in TIME magazine’s 2006 Best Inventions.                                                                                        

About Six Feet Under-Westside

Six Feet Under-Westside is an urban, neighborhood restaurant and pub offering excellent food at a fair price with a full service bar and wide selection of beers. The roof top deck dining area has a panoramic view of Atlanta’s Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead. Six Feet Under-Westside, 685 11th Street NW (between Northside Drive and Howell Mill Road), Atlanta, Georgia 30318; Phone: (404) 810-0040; On the Web: www.sixfeetunderatlanta.com; Email: tad@sixfeetunderatlanta.com

About Soenso Energy

Located in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, Georgia, Soenso Energy has been a leading provider of commercial and residential renewable energy products since 2004. Soenso Energy offers sales and professional installation of solar thermal water heating, solar photovoltaic (PV) electric and small wind turbine electric. On the Web: www.soenso.com; Email: info@soenso.com.

THE ‘Green’ Wedding and Event facility in Marietta, GA




The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain in Marietta, GA is THE Eco-Friendly Wedding and Event Facility in GA.  

They recently installed a Solar PV System to Generate Clean Electricity and Caroma Dual Flush Toilets to Save Water 

ATLANTA, GEORGIA, August 2, 2008 –

The Grand Ballroom of The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain
The Grand Ballroom of The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain

Back in the twentieth century Billy Idol sang about a “White Wedding” in his 1982 hit. But in the twenty-first century, mother and son team Ellie and Marc Sommers are leading the charge in Atlanta for “green” weddings, as well as “green” special events and “green” corporate events. They are the owners of The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain in Marietta, Georgia. This event facility is on four idyllic, forested acres near the entrance to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.


The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain, formerly known as the Kennesaw Mountain Winery, was acquired by the Sommers in 2006. They began implementing numerous environmentally friendly initiatives. Most recently they had a 1.3kW DC solar PV electric system,

1.3kW DC Solar PV Array at The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain

manufactured by Schuco Solar of Germany, mounted onto the roof of the facility’s Grand Ballroom. The solar array was supplied and installed by Marietta-based SOENSO GA (soenso.com). The 1.3kW solar PV system will produce an average of 145kWh/month of free electricity. A system this size will generate just a portion of the total power needed for the facility, but it will shave peak-usage kWh’s and reduce each month’s electric bill. 

In addition, generating 145kWh/month of clean electricity from solar PV instead of using that same amount of electricity generated by coal-fired utility power plants will have the following positive annual impact on the environment: 

  • 2,826 pounds of carbon dioxide not released into the atmosphere
  • 3 barrels of foreign oil not imported
  • 145 gallons of gasoline not consumed

Other sustainable initiatives underway at The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain include locally inspired and organic food, biodegradable and compostable food containers and flatware, waste recycling by Conex Recycling of Alpharetta and dual-flush toilets from ecoTransitions of Marietta. The Sommers also plan to install a solar thermal water heating system from SOENSO GA.

Update: They were recently featured as the “Going Green Champion of the Week” by WSB TV, see here http://www.wsbtv.com/video/17642364/

The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain, 1127 White Circle NW, Marietta, Georgia 30060
On the Web: www.gardensatkennesaw.com,
Phone: (770) 396-5361, Email: catering@parsleys.com.
Thanks to SOENSO GA for providing this information 
SOENSO GA solar energy dealer/installer – On the Web: www.soenso.com.
Email: info@soenso.com