Solar Power for Umstead State Park

$1,250 of $12,391 goal

Raised by 16 people in 25 days
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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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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HUGE thanks to The Angus Barn for partnering with us on our campaign. So grateful to have such generous neighbors who care about William B Umstead State Park.
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So grateful to have received three donations in three days. We're also accepting donations from local businesses in addition to our GoFundMe campaign. If you operate, work at, or know a business that might be interested in helping fund our project, please let us know! Leading sponsors will have their name listed on a plaque in our visitor center beneath the proposed educational solar display. Our 1.5 million visitors per year will get to see who made our dream a reality.
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So excited to see that the word getting around on Facebook, Twitter, and around the park led to our first donation yesterday. Thank you to everyone who has checked out our cause so far. SPREAD THE WORD to anyone you know who has been to William B. Umstead State Park and wants to give back!
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$1,250 of $12,391 goal

Raised by 16 people in 25 days
Created March 26, 2018
Funds raised will benefit:
Umstead Coalition
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Raleigh, NC
EIN: 561792624
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Jaime Viola
4 days ago

Nick, thanks for talking to me today. I enjoyed learning about environmental issues in NC.

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11 days ago

good luck nick

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