- Associated Press - Sunday, September 27, 2015

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - A project to install solar panels in the parking lot of a museum in St. Johnsbury is almost complete.

Workers last week started installing three 13.5-foot tall solar panels at the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium. The project cost about $67,000 and is scheduled for completion on Friday.

Adam Kane, the museum’s executive director, told The Caledonian Record (https://bit.ly/1QDutwd) that the fixed solar panels will not only generate 15 percent of museum electricity, they will be educational.

“For us, obviously it’s a great benefit to offset our electricity usage but the real key critical piece is to use these as science tools, as science displays,” he said. “They allow us to expand some programs we already have and to create some new ones.”

Kane said the panels and accompanying monitoring devices will provide a tangible aspect to subjects like astronomy, clime and seasonal changes.

The project was funded by a $20,000 grant from Colchester-based Green Mountain Power, a $10,000 grant from Manhattan-based The Bay and Paul Foundations and a $37,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.

“We managed to put it all together between those three,” Kane said.

Waterbury-based company SunCommon is managing the project.


Information from: The Caledonian-Record, https://www.caledonianrecord.com

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