Each year Shakori Hills uses about 10,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity during two GrassRoots Festivals, Hoppin’ John Fiddlers’ Convention, Wild Goose Festival and other concerts and events. To offset our usage we are creating a permanent grid inter-tied solar electric system located permanently on the site.
In the fall of 2008, we kicked off the project by selling cells and raised over $3000 during that festival. Festival-goers and community members have already donated more than $7000 towards this goal and the first solar array is now in place. The team is headed up by a very energetic group including Ed Witkin, Roger and Anne Lenhardt, Jordan Puryear, Susannah Loch, Cara Johnson and Chris Mankoff.
A 10,000 watt (10 kilowatt) photovoltaic system will produce more than 10,000 kilowatt hours/year. In this part of the country we can expect to get on average about four kilowatt-hours/day for every 1,000 watts of PV, so the 10 kW system could produce as much as 14,600 kilowatt-hours/year).
Solar panels are made up of individual solar “cells.” The 10 kW system will consist of 5200 of these small cells. You can “Sponsor a Cell” on the individual level and there are opportunities to “Sponsor a Panel” on the corporate level too. Check
At only $10 per cell, anyone can contribute. You can sponsor a single cell or many by clicking HERE. If you are interested in a corporate opportunity or would like more information, please give us a call at 919-542-1746 or send us an email.
You can also stop by the food area during larger events and check out the first panel array.
A quarter panel is: $260.
A half panel is: $520.
A whole panel is: $1040.