Riverbanks Zoo solar array on the welcome center.
In August, the SC Solar Council was invited to participate in a conference focused on energy efficiency and renewable energy for K-6 teachers in Richland and Lexington school districts. For three hours, teachers learned about solar energy; including types of solar energy, what it looks like on a home or commercial building, and what current incentives exist for their homes and schools. They also all learned how to make solar ovens out of pizza boxes and were able to take back one to each school.
Jason Epstein, Executive Vice President for Baker Renewable Energy, talks about solar and the Zoo’s system.
After the lecture, the group of 50 teachers went over to Riverbanks Zoo where they saw a system hands-on on the rooftop of their welcome center – something they can point out on field trips for years to come!
Learning to build solar ovens.
Jason Epstein from Baker Renewable Energy, the company that installed the system, and Elizabeth Clemens, the Zoo’s Director of Education, joined us at the zoo to discuss why the zoo wanted to go solar, the energy it produces, and how it helps both with energy costs and education of its members.
The teachers enjoyed a great solar education!
The solar installation at Riverbanks Zoo was made possible with PaCE grants and matching funds from SCE&G. A special thanks to the Riverbanks Zoo for hosting us and the teachers, and to Baker Renewable Energy to giving the solar presentation on location.