Audubon Society Completes Solar Project

Who better to make an investment in a solar photovoltaic (PV) project than an environmental organization such as the Audubon Society. Rhode Island’s branch of the Audubon Society has started generating clean, reliable energy with the completion of an 8.1 kW solar electric system at its Bristol Environmental Education Facility.

Bristol, Rhode Island – September 14, 2004 [] During a normal day, the solar electric system will produce enough power for two average Rhode Island homes and will generate approximately 20 percent of the facility’s power during most months of the year. In addition, the solar array will save the Audubon Society nearly US$900 annually in avoided electricity costs. “Using solar energy to power our operations is consistent with our mission and creative approach to protecting our precious natural resources,” said Audubon Society Director, Jeff Hall. “Solar electricity can be both affordable and practical; and it makes sense for organizations that want to reduce costs and help stabilize the power supply. We hope that other entities in Rhode Island and other non-profits nationwide will follow our lead and take advantage of the opportunities afforded them and ‘Go Solar!'” The Audubon Society’s project received funding from the Rhode Island State Energy Office under a program that provides incentives to non-profits and commercial entities that use renewable energy. The 8.1 kW solar electric system consists of 48 high-efficiency solar PV modules mounted to the roof using the latest in solar mounting hardware. In one year, the system will reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air by 18,000 lbs – thus reducing the effects of global warming on the environment. New York-based EverPower Global was in charge of the installation. “By placing a solar array on their facility, the Audubon Society will not only be generating clean power from the sun but will also be an example and educator to all those that visit the center each year,” said EverPower Global’s President Jim Spencer.
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