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Conservancy of SWFL expands solar power

Posted at 4:27 PM, Jan 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-23 16:27:33-05

NAPLES, Fla. — The Conservancy of Southwest Florida will be expanding solar power energy to its campus in Naples thanks to a donation from The Martin Foundation.

The Conservancy says this will help to enhance its commitment to sustainability while addressing the impact of climate change.

"The Martin Foundation is thrilled to be a part of solarizing the campus of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida,” said Lisa Martin, director, The Martin Foundation. “What better place than in the ‘Sunshine State’ to take advantage of the abundant and free solar energy and use it to reduce electricity expenses, reduce dependence on fossil fuels and reduce CO2 emissions.”

The Conservancy says 537 panels will be installed on the roofs of four campus buildings, which could lead to cumulative energy savings of $1 million in 40 years. The Conservancy also estimates the solar power will equate to 21,394 barrels of oil saved, 235,887 trees planted, and 1,917 vehicles off the road.

“Having an extensive capacity to generate electricity on the campus aligns with our environmental goals to use the best sustainable practices as well as to educate our members and the public about the benefits of solar energy,” said Rob Moher, president and CEO of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. “We are grateful to The Martin Foundation for their generous donation that further expands our commitment to sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint.”

The panels are being installed during the current renovation taking place at the nature center.