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16 February

Students Bring Solar Farm to Middlebury College

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If any of you solar enthusiasts should be visiting/driving through the state of Vermont later this year, you may want to visit Middlebury, Vermont.  Construction work is currently underway at Middlebury College for what will be Middlebury’s largest solar-power station.  Less than a half mile from the campus of Middlebury College, ground is broken on Route 125 for a 1.5 acres solar farm West of McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Middlebury’s Science facility.  In Spring of 2012, this solar energy system will join Middlebury College’s biomass plant and wind turbine on campus.  Middlebury College’s officials have signed an agreement with Williston-based AllEarth Renewables to create a small solar farm consisting of 34 solar trackers that will produce an average of 200,000 kilowatt-hours annually.  This installation will produce enough electricity for a year for one of the college’s residence halls the size of Battell Hall (housing about 238 students).

The AllSun Trackers (more on this in the next post of sunisthefuture.net) is the innovative solar energy system manufactured by AllEarth Renewables.  David Blittersdorf, CEO and founder of AllEarth Renewables, said that the solar trackers, mounted on poles, uses GPS and wireless technology to actively follow the sun throughout the day, producing more than 40%  energy than fixed solar panels of the same size.  “We’re excited to have this system to explore the potential for additional solar power in the future,” said Jack Byrne, Middlebury College director of sustainability integration. “This is a demonstration project that offers an opportunity for student learning and research as well as one more option to explore as we pursue our goal to become carbon neutal by 2016.  Staff will also have the chance to gain an understanding of the operational aspects of a solar energy system.”

According to Dean of Environmental Affairs Nan Jenks-Jay, students have expressed interest in developing a solar energy system at Middlebury for several years in a number of academic courses.  Four students in Professor of Economics Jon Isham‘s fall semester “Environmental Economics” class wrote a report, “The Cost-Benefit Analysis of a Proposed Small Scale Solar Farm at Middlebury College,” concluded that a project with AllEarth would have a positive economic and social impact.

 In 2010 students in an environmental sutdies seminar taught by Professor of Environmental and Biosphere Studies Steve Trombulak also recommended the college commission a solar project with AllEarth.

Hear! Hear! For these students at Middlebury College who were responsible for the final nudge to instigate this project that will provide economic benefit and solar power for Middlebury College.  Let’s hope that there will be more students throughout the country and our planet who will also take the initiative to bring forth learning opportunities for solar energy while benefiting their respective institutions.

~have a bright and sunny day~

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11 September

Solar Decathlon (19)-Vermont’s Middlebury College’s Self-Reliance Design of 2011

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If you are in favor of renewable,  clean, or solar energy, please sign this petition for FIT/CLEAN Program, accessible at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you very much. We are at a critical juncture in human history when individual effort and participation in the transition into renewable energy age is desperately needed!  Your signature will be very meaningful in helping all earthlings!  For a summary of why we need to switch to power the earth with Wind-Water-Sunlight quickly, reasons are explained by Stanford Professor Mark Z. Jacobson at  http://sunisthefuture.net/?m=20110731 There are more than sixteen episodes of discussions on FIT (Feed-In-Tariff/CLEAN Program) available at http://sunisthefuture.net Please feel free to read/listen to them (type in feed-in-tariff in the search box at right).  Keep in mind that signing this petition only means that you are in favor of renewable energy and FIT/CLEAN Program and does not obligate you to provide any financial support. We simply want our combined voice to be heard even if we are not spending millions of lobbying dollars. We want to demonstrate that our system of democracy will work for people in all socio-economic strata. So please join us in this earthly movement by signing this petition and participating in our common goal of moving toward the renewable and solar energy age.

Today’s Solar Decathlon of 2011 video clip is on Vermont’s Middlebury College’s design Self-Reliance.  Self-Reliance is a sustainable home for a family of four in Vermont. The focus of this design is on sustainability, affordability, use of local material, and the vernacular form creating an American Farmhouse of the 21st century. This is a home of  design for simple construction: a truss system supporting the roof (gable roof easily sheds precipitation and maximizes space), stud walls filled with cellulose , floor made of locally harvested maple wood, triple pane windows optimizing solar exposure while cross ties providing lateral support for the structure, benches and plant beds are part of the organization of the design plan, and solar panels enable Self-Reliance to be a net-zero energy home.  Northern skylights provide passive ventilation and natural light into the center of the house. The South facade receives the sun with large panes of glass and solar panels.  In the exterior of the house, potable and non-potable water are collected and stored in four water tanks. The garden beds and benches in the front creates an extension of the public space. Upon entering the house, there is a transitional space for boots and jackets.  An open public area, used for dining, cooking, working, and socializing, provides a sense of spaciousness.  The Southern wall is a green house that provides food and passive heating  throughout the year. The living space receives even North light and has sustainably produced furniture. Half of the house is used for public space and half of the house is used for private space, with the transition between the two spaces indicated by  the dropped ceiling height.  There is also a full bathroom between the private and public spaces. Both bedrooms have tall ceilings and access to storage in the adjacent low ceilings.  Now, let’s have a look at this almost 1000 sq. ft. farmhouse inspired design of Vermont’s Self-Reliance—->

written and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker, sunisthefuture@gmail.com

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