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Flat Rock Brook Adds More Solar Panels!

solar imageThanks to the generous support of an anonymous donor, 42 additional solar panels were recently installed on our Nature Center building.  This brings the total number of panels on our roof to 88, which will now provide about half of the electricity to run our building. 

There are many benefits to going solar. As a generator of power, a mini electricity plant so to speak, we will offset over 20,000 kilowatt hours of electricity usage annually which will lead to significant reductions in our electricity bills for many years to come. Another economic benefit is that we will have the ability to auction off our Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs). The New Jersey Clean Energy Programs explains SRECs like this: “Each time a solar installation generates 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity, an SREC is earned. Solar project owners report the energy production to the SREC Tracking System. This reporting allows SREC’s to be placed in the customer's electronic account. SRECs can then be sold on the SREC Tracking System, providing revenue for the first 15 years of the project's life”.

The benefits gained from reduced electricity bills and the tradable SRECs means that Flat Rock Brook will benefit from our solar investment for many years to come. With solar panel installations having a useful life of about 20-25 years, you can see that this is not only a good investment for the environment, but it is a good investment for Flat Rock Brook’s bottom line.

To prepare for the new panels, Flat Rock Brook needed to replace our aging roof which was completed in July with funds provided once again by our very generous anonymous donor. Feel free to stop by the Nature Center this fall to see our new solar investment installed and check out our solar monitoring system!

 

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