PCCS announces ribbon-cutting ceremony/economic and environmental results for new solar panel installation

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

PCCS Contact:

Cathrine Macort
+1-508-487-3622 x103
+1-508-808-9660
cmacort@coastalstudies.org

Photo-voltaic solar panel array. Image courtesy of My Generation Energy.

Photo-voltaic solar panel array. Image courtesy of My Generation Energy.

On Thursday, September 20 the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies (PCCS) will host a public ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the installation of solar energy panels on the roof of the Hiebert Marine Laboratory. The event will take place at 4 pm at 5 Holway Avenue, Provincetown.

The 38.4 kW photo-voltaic array, installed by Brewster-based company My Generation Energy, went live in May 2012. Electricity produced by the panels powers the Marine Laboratory and excess is credited to the Center’s Administration Building on Bradford Street.

“The environmental and economic benefits of the system have been remarkable” said Rich Delaney, President and CEO of the Center. “In just four months, the system has produced 14,125 kWh of electricity and almost 20,000 lb of carbon offsets. In other words, it has already removed greenhouse gases from the atmosphere equivalent to the emissions of two passenger vehicles and equal to the amount of carbon sequestered by two acres of pine or fir forest. It has also saved the Center more than $1,200 in electricity bills” an impressive sum for an organization that makes every penny count.”

This event, which is free and open to all, will provide members of the public with an opportunity to learn more about the advantages of solar power from Luke Hinkle, Founder and President of My Generation, and from Center for Coastal Studies scientists, who work daily towards improving our marine environment.

For further information, please call PCCS at 508-487-3622 x 103 or email ccs@coastalstudies.org.