Solar Power for Umstead State Park

$3,362 of $12,391 goal

Raised by 53 people in 7 months
William B. Umstead State Park, in the heart of the Triangle, holds a special place in the hearts of many North Carolinians. Whether they grew up in Raleigh biking or fishing here with their families, are new to the area and use the park as a place to unwind after a hard day at work in the Research Triangle Park, or are visiting from out of town and are staying at one of our many overnight camping facilities, people (over 1.5 million of them per year) love William B. Umstead State Park. 

We strive to make William B. Umstead State Park a place that people can come and learn how to make the environment in which they live cleaner, healthier, and more natural. And to practice what we preach, we are looking to offset some of the electricity we use with power from the sun.

The proposed 5kw solar photovoltaic (PV) system would not only produce electricity for the Visitor Center and help reduce our dependance on energy derived from fossil fuels, but would also provide an educational component for the public to learn about renewable energy. A small wall mounted tablet display would deliver real time solar energy production data to visitors and allow park staff to educate the public about the system and the benefits of solar power. Southern Energy Management, a local B-corporation with nearly 1000 solar installations under their belt, will be our partnering contractor. 100% of the funds requested will go to purchasing and installing the 18 solar panels on the roof of the park's Visitor Center and whatever is raised above and beyond that will stay in the park being utilized by The Umstead Coalition. The proposed system would save the park hundreds of dollars a year that could be spent on keeping up trails, facilities, and education programs for the public to better enjoy.

Please help us make this dream a reality and help us fund our project. You would not only be helping the environment, but would also be educating the public for decades to come about the benefits of renewable energy from the sun.

Thank you for your consideration of our project, and whether you contribute or not, we hope to see you enjoying the outdoors in William B. Umstead State Park and in all of North Carolina State Parks.
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Check out Ranger Nick talking about solar power and The Umstead Coalition's solar fundraiser on the NC State Park "Ask A Ranger Podcast", hosted by Ranger Crystal and Ranger Jess.

http://www.buzzsprout.com/115062
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Hope you’re out enjoying your park on this Memorial Day weekend. Have fun exploring the trails, streams, lakes, and forests of William B. Umstead State Park with your friends and loved ones. And don’t forget to spread the word to anyone you can about our project. Every little bit helps!

Thanks!
The Umstead Coalition
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We’ve been hard at work trying to get the word out around the park about our project. Even if you’ve already donated, you can help us again by posting our link to social media, by sharing our campaign by word of mouth, or even by stopping by the park to ask how you can help campaign with us!

And as always, I’m so grateful that you continue to enjoy William B. Umstead State Park and see all the good that will come from this project getting off the ground.

Nick
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On this sunny and beautiful day at the park, we want to thank our supporters for their help so far and ask that you spread the word to friends, family, and lovers of the park to help us reach our goal! Together we can make this happen!
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Ken Polleck
6 months ago

Neat idea. Can you publish SEM's study of the suitability of the location and the total financial details? For instance, there have been various tax incentives over time--which I would assume would not benefit the park--and there are renewable energy credits that been "sold" back to the power company. What is Umstead able to leverage of those? Also, is SEM doing this as a partnership (read that as "discounted") to help their community and get a benefit of visibility for their business? I would personally be more interested in being part of an investment in a "solar farm" on the ground, positioned ideally (vs. however the roof is aligned and without trees that would create shade) that could be more easily maintained (i.e. on the ground) and expanded (i.e. not limited by roof space). People--over time--could invest in their park with what would become an annuity of income for the park. I suppose a key question would be if there is a location that would be appropriate, convenient to existing utilities, AND fit within the charter of the park.

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$3,362 of $12,391 goal

Raised by 53 people in 7 months
Created March 26, 2018
Funds raised will benefit:
Umstead Coalition
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JN
$25
James Nutt
25 days ago

it is a good idea; conservation of energy.

SG
$250
Sierra Club Capital Group
2 months ago

This is a 'Double Header' for our Group. We support the Umstead Coalition and promote Solar Energy at the same time.

BA
$25
Bob Austin
3 months ago

Love Umstead...

LF
$25
Leslie Flood
4 months ago

Good luck!

Ken Polleck
6 months ago

Neat idea. Can you publish SEM's study of the suitability of the location and the total financial details? For instance, there have been various tax incentives over time--which I would assume would not benefit the park--and there are renewable energy credits that been "sold" back to the power company. What is Umstead able to leverage of those? Also, is SEM doing this as a partnership (read that as "discounted") to help their community and get a benefit of visibility for their business? I would personally be more interested in being part of an investment in a "solar farm" on the ground, positioned ideally (vs. however the roof is aligned and without trees that would create shade) that could be more easily maintained (i.e. on the ground) and expanded (i.e. not limited by roof space). People--over time--could invest in their park with what would become an annuity of income for the park. I suppose a key question would be if there is a location that would be appropriate, convenient to existing utilities, AND fit within the charter of the park.

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