The installation was made possible by a grant from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) which subsidized about half of the cost of the system for the school.
Glenn Sherratt, Director of the Horace Mann School’s Nature Laboratory, said that students at the Lab will be introduced to the solar electric system as early as the fourth grade and all the way through high school. “The students will be shown the inverters and monitoring display while being educated about the system. They will be instructed on how to record the production of the system and compare that to the usage of the building.”
Glenn also noted that, “in the near future we also hope to connect a monitor to our school in New York so that our teachers can use this system remotely to educate their students about solar, as well.”
Paul Israel, President of Sunlight Solar Energy, said “John Dorr Nature Center teaches our children to help our world evolve into a better place. I have always advocated that solar energy can positively effect change in the world. John Dorr Nature Center embodies why I got into the solar industry: to educate people on renewable energy and hence move our social agenda forward. I’m thrilled that these students can look at the array and see a symbol of positive energy, both in reality and metaphor.”
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About the John Dorr Nature Laboratory: The John Dorr Nature Laboratory is one of the four campuses of the Horace Mann School, an independent day school located in New York City. Students from second grade through twelfth grade participate in environmental and outdoor education programs that last from one to eight days. The Dorr Lab, which is composed of 265 acres, is located in Washington and Bethlehem, Connecticut.