PHOTOVOLTAIC (PV) PANELS
PV panels are made up of layers of semi-conducting material (often silicon). They create electricity by converting sunlight into direct current electricity. When certain materials are struck by sunlight, the material absorbs photons from the sunlight and releases electrons, resulting in an electric field across the layers. As the free electrons are captured, an electric current results.
Beaver Ponds EEC has two PV panel arrays, one located on the barn and one on the residence. The photovoltaic system produces the majority of the electrical power for the site.
The first PV panel array contains 40 Schott PV panels, each generating up to 0.25 kW. In total, the barn array is capable of generating up to 10.0 kW of power. The second 6-panel array is used to recharge the backup electrical supply for the residence and office.
About 360,000 homes in the U.S. have installed solar systems. Photovoltaic energy (including commercial arrays) generates about 16.1 gigawatts of power in the U.S. One gigawatt can power about 700,000 average American homes.
Events & Programs
There's always something fun to do at Beaver Ponds.
Here are some upcoming programs and events.
Nature Immersion Forest Camp - November 19 & 20 9am-1pm
Ages 4-7 $75 per child
A place for unstructured, safe exploration in nature with a small group of friends.
Nature Immersion Programming Series
Engagement in the natural world and social interaction between peers and skilled mentors of nature and ancestral skills for youth. Schedule in development. Please contact Lori Whipple, YGC for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or (719) 838-0143.
Snowschool Winter Program
winter-based curriculum to introduce kids to the joy of exploring winter wildlands. Schedule in development. Please contact Kristin Barrett, PC for more information at email@example.com or (719) 838-0143.
#GivingTuesday pledge day for #ColoradoGivesDay on December 4th. How can you get involved in the fun of ‘fun’draising? Contact Amity Vargas, ED for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or (719) 838-0143.
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2234 Busch Run Road
Fairplay, CO 80440
Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center (BPEEC) helps people of all ages experientially learn about domestic livestock, horticulture, green energy generation and environmental conservation in a high-alpine, natural setting at Sacramento Creek Ranch near Fairplay, Colorado.
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