(October 04, 2021) --
The Dauphin Island Sea Lab joined the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and hundreds of homes, businesses, organizations throughout America for the 2021 ASES National Solar Tour. DISL’s virtual tour kicked off October 2 and showcased how the campus implements solar technologies to support campus activities.
Each year, the ASES National Solar Tour shows families and businesses real-life examples of how their neighbors and people nationwide are harnessing free energy from the sun to generate electricity, warm and cool their homes, heat water and slash monthly utility bills.
The DISL campus encompasses 30 plus acres with 39 buildings. Seven of those buildings are powered by solar energy. Three of the seven solar PVs were added within the last eight months as part of an Energy Savings Contract through Southland Energy.
The decision to add solar, and continue expanding solar capabilities, was based on the need to reduce our energy consumption expense because less than one-third of DISL’s fiscal budget is through state appropriation, and power is the greatest expense we face; and DISL is firmly committed to wise stewardship of not only financial resources but also our environmental resources and supports the use of renewable energy sources on our campus.
The DISL virtual tour highlights these aspects in a short video that you can watch below.
“The National Solar Tour demonstrates an array of practical and economical solutions available right here, right now. It encourages neighborhood conversations addressing the growing need for clean energy,” ASES Executive Director, Carly Rixham, stated.
About the American Solar Energy Society:
Since 1954 the American Solar Energy Society has led the renewable energy revolution. It is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the use of solar energy, energy efficiency, and other sustainable technologies across North America. ASES leads national efforts to promote solar energy education, public outreach, and advocacy. www.ases.org.