PLYMOUTH — Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS) is working with the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI) to install two solar thermal collectors on one of their residential buildings in Plymouth. This building is home to four individuals who receive LRCS services from a team of full time staff.
The roof mounted solar thermal evacuated tube system will heat the building's water used for bathing, dishwashing and house cleaning. According to Dave Emond, LRCS Director of Operations, "Over four years ago, we began focusing on how we could improve the energy efficiency of this building. At that time we signed up for the Home Performance with Energy Star Program and more recently tackled additional air sealing and insulating projects. Now, we are excited to add a solar energy system reducing the building's energy consumption even further."
The installation will be conducted as a Community Solar Energy Raiser by the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative. Prior to the Energy Raiser the solar water storage tank, designed to pre-heat the building's current water heating system, will be installed by BTD Mechanical Contracting. PAREI volunteers will congregate on Tuesday, August 6 to complete the solar installation.
Gary Lemay, a long time board member of Lake Region Community Services, has been a member of PAREI for many years and has installed solar energy systems on his own home. Seeing first-hand the positive results of solar energy led Lemay to recommend this project to LRCS. "Having two solar water heating collectors on the roof of our residential facility here in Plymouth will reduce the facilities operating costs and provide an excellent example for the community that solar energy is a viable source of clean reliable energy."
On the same day the Solar Energy Raiser is taking place, organizers will conduct a solar information session at 1:30 p.m. for the public interested in learning more about heating water or making electricity with solar energy.