SEEDS to Install Solar Array at Lacawac Sanctuary!
Help Lacawac Raise funds to educate our visitors about Solar Energy!
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If you're new to our area, you may not know about Lacawac Sanctuary, a hidden gem of Wayne County that protects the entire watershed of the small glacial Lake Lacawac, just to the north of Lake Wallenpaupack. The property is the former summer estate of Colonel Louis A. Watres, one of the original landowners behind the construction of the Lake Wallenpaupack dam and power plant, nearly 100 years ago. His descendants created the sanctuary to protect and manage the natural beauty and historic buildings on the site.
Now at 510 acres, the sanctuary has beautiful public hiking trails, year-round environmental educational programs, and many on-going scientific research projects. And coming soon, with some luck and help from SEEDS, a new solar photovoltaic (PV) system on their visitor center and laboratory building.
SEEDS is partnering with Lacawac to raise the money for this project, and SEEDS volunteers will be providing the labor to install it. Currently, more than $11,000 toward the estimated $18,000 cost of the project has been raised via the joint efforts of SEEDS executive director Jocelyn Cramer, and Craig Lukatch, president of Lacawac.
This year SEEDS' popular Do-It-Yourself Solar Installation Workshop will be held at Lacawac on June 13th and 14th, providing attendees a very direct way to help. Then on June 23rd (raindate: June 24th),
SEEDS invites anyone who has taken the workshop (this year or any prior year) to help us finish the system installation. This workday is sure to be lots of fun.
The planned PV array should produce about 90% of the annual electricity currently used by this building. SEEDS is very proud to be supporting our fellow non-profit organizations to save money, save energy, and move our region toward a more sustainable energy future.