Thursday, May 12, 2011

Florida Power and Light Solar Powers a Camp!

Florida's Palm Beach Post reports that a $70,000 solar power panel station, enough to power a 2,000-square-foot home, was finished by Florida Power & Light as part of its program to educate the public about the benefits of solar energy . The 5-megawatt station is the first built in a Girl Scout camp in the company's 34-county area.

Each summer, Camp Welaka draws about 1,000 girls at the site near the Martin County line. The station lets campers see the technology up close and is one of two built at nonprofits in the Florida Power and Light area. The other is at the Thomas Edison and Henry Ford Winter Estate in Fort Myers. Eight more stations have been built at public schools.

The Girl Scouts also will be using a suitcase-sized solar oven donated by Florida Power and Light. Placed in the sun, the solar oven - which folds up and can easily be carried by one person - gets as hot as 400 degrees for cooking. Awesome!