Solar for the Science Factory
Bring solar to the Science Factory in Eugene, OR, and help them sustain their educational science programs and exhibits. This project includes the development of an interactive solar exhibit that demonstrates how solar panels work while empowering community members to invest in solar and other clean energy sources.
The 32.55 kW photovoltaic (PV) solar energy system will save the Science Factory approximately $4,900 per year. Overall, the system will offset 52,578 lbs. of CO2 per year – the equivalent to planting 663 trees.
Bringing solar at the Science Factory will permit them to redirect funding from paying electricity to increasing their educational initiatives: enabling visitors to increase their interaction with and knowledge of sustainable energy resources through new hands-on-exhibits.
The Science Factory, which hosts programs from “no school days” to “Girls’ Science Adventures” enables kids of all ages to grow as they experience science, math, and more. The new solar exhibit willcommunicate in real and historic time the amount of energy the Science Factory’s rooftop photovoltaic array is generating. A second interactive exhibit will represent in a simple fashion the inner workings of a photovoltaic cell by showcasing how photons from sunlight interact with electrons within the solar panel to produce sustainable energy.
Overall, the Science Factory receives 35,000 visitors annually. In part, through these new solar exhibits, the Science Factory is hoping to increase their visitor-ship to 60,000 over the next few years. Additionally, energy savings from the PV array will offset the Science Factory’s operating costs, which helps the Science Factory continue to offer and grow its programs for the community.
Standing up for nature and supporting local communities has never been more important. Everybody Solar would like to thank all of our supporters. We could not be bringing solar to other nonprofits without your generousity.
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