Sustainable Energy

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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 this summer.
Here are some upcoming programs and events.

KSS Wilderness Campers
July 17 - July 19, 12pm - 8am
For more information visit https://keystonescienceschool.org/

Alma Festival in the Clouds - booth
July 20, 3pm - 7pm / July 21 & 22, 10am - 4pm
Contact Amity Vargas for more information at (719) 209-5813

Mountain Top Children's Museum
July 24, 12pm - 3pm
Contact Tiernan Spencer for more information at (970) 453-7878

KSS Overnight Wilderness Camp
July 25 - July 26, 12pm - 12pm
For more information visit https://keystonescienceschool.org/

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Watershed Watch

Beaver Ponds is located at the headwaters of one of Colorado’s major rivers, so we take watershed protection very seriously. Our Sacramento Creek Protection Plan uses both science and community collaboration to promote stewardship, education and conservation.

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Nature & Beautiful Ideas

Listening to the radio a week ago I heard a physicist having a conversation about beauty and nature. He asked the question. Does nature inspire beautiful ideas? A beautiful idea can come in many forms: a math equation, a poem, a sculpture, an educational approach, crafts, a song, a design, literature, social solutions, environmental solutions, a different perspective on reality, the possibilities are limitless. Different ideas may come from sitting by a stream or strolling through the woods than in other situations. Nature does inspire beautiful ideas.

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Kids Korner

Book of the Month A Kid's Summer EcoJournal: With Nature Activities for Exploring the Season A Kid's Summer EcoJournal invites kids to write about nature on pages exquisitely illustrated by Margaret Brandt. The author has included short entries from her nature...

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Contact Us

PO Box 995
2234 Busch Run Road
Fairplay, CO 80440
info@beaverponds.org
719.838.0143

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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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