The Alan Day Community Garden (ADCG) is now running on solar power. The Center for an Ecology-Based Economy (CEBE) installed the project as the first of four community projects funded in part by their recent crowd funding campaign. On August 7th from 6–7:30pm they will be hosting a public “open house” at the garden to demonstrate the system and explain its design and installation for all those interested in learning more about solar power.
The powering of the garden with clean, renewable, solar power, which is not connected to the electrical grid, had been a dream of the Garden’s founders and staff since the ADCG’s inception five years ago. Thanks to a generous grant to CEBE from the Maine Community Foundation and additional funds through CEBE’s recent fundraising, that dream is now a reality. The new ADCG solar power system is actually two “stand alone” systems. The larger of the two arrays contains 240 watts of solar panels charging 4 batteries with a total of 980 amp hours of capacity. Electricity is delivered by a 1500 watt sine wave inverter to run power tools and lighting. The second system is comprised of a 100 watt panel and controller dedicated to pumping water to a raised irrigation tank and runs on DC, or direct current.
The tour of the project will be lead by CEBE’s Shawn Kane, who along with Jesse Cottingham, installed the system of their own design. Technical code compliance assistance was provided by Master Electrician Ronnie Grover of ADS Electric in Norway. Installation was assisted by local solar advocate Fred Garbo, and ADCG Coordinator Rocky Crockett, along with the ADCG Youth Leadership Program crew. Jeff Polland of JP Electric in Oxford generously donated materials and technical assistance to the project.
Anyone interested in small-scale, off grid solar power won’t want to miss this free event.