Solar power provides energy at Joppa Flats


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On August 14, 2006, solar panels at the Joppa Flats Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Newburyport began providing clean, renewable energy to the facility! According to Bill Gette, Director of Joppa Flats Education Center, the first month-to-month energy cost savings comparison, (Sept05 prior to the solar installation vs. Sept 06) showed a significant savings of 60% and dramatically reduced the facilitys dependence on fossil fuels.

Visible from the Plum Island Turnpike, the 60 solar panels mounted on the roof of the Nature Center provides 9.9 Kw of electricity. On sunny days visitors can view the electric meter spinning backwards.

The Joppa Flats Education Center is the gateway to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge one of the countrys most productive, year-round, wildlife viewing areas. Joppa Flats is located at One Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport; hours are Tue  Sun and Monday holidays 8:30 am  4 pm.

The solar project was funded in part by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and the Renewable Energy Trust.

Bill Gette Nov 3, 2006 at 2:53 PM
Newburyport, MA bgette@massaudubon.org