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

Winters are wonderful at Beaver Ponds.
Here are some upcoming programs and events.

Forest Camp at Beaver Ponds - January Friday Sessions
January 11, 18, 25 - 9am to 1pm
COST: $120 per child for all 3 Fridays
AGES 4-7

A nature immersion camp awakening a sense of wonder and reverence for the natural world.
Forest exploration followed by lunch and nature-inspired art.

For more information, contact Briana Legaspi at blegaspi@beaverponds.org or call (719) 838-0143, visit our website here or CLICK HERE to download a printable PDF with all the information you'll need!


Open Ski & Snowshoe Days at Beaver Ponds
Saturday, January 26th, 2019 - 9:30am to 4:30pm

Come enjoy the unique beauty of Beaver Ponds the last Saturday of every month from December 29th, 2018 - March 30th, 2019. We are collecting our 2019 Liability Waivers. CLICK HERE to download the waiver. For more information, contact Briana Legaspi at blegaspi@beaverponds.org or call (719) 838-0143. Or CLICK HERE to download a printable PDF with all the information you'll need!


Forest Camp at Beaver Ponds - February Friday Sessions
February 1, 8, 15, 22 - 9am to 1pm
COST: $150 per child for all 4 Fridays
AGES 4-7

A nature immersion camp awakening a sense of wonder and reverence for the natural world.
Forest exploration followed by lunch and nature-inspired art.

For more information, contact Briana Legaspi at blegaspi@beaverponds.org or call (719) 838-0143, visit our website here or CLICK HERE to download a printable PDF with all the information you'll need!


SnowSchool at Beaver Ponds
February 9, 2019 - 9:30am to NOON
Class Theme: Snow! How Does Snow Form?
COST: $35 per child   AGES 8-12

A magical morning of snow science and games while enjoying a snowshoe hike!

For more information, contact Briana Legaspi at blegaspi@beaverponds.org or call (719) 838-0143, visit our website here or CLICK HERE to download a printable PDF with all the information you'll need!

Latest Articles

Nature Immersion

With the addition of our new Youth Groups Coordinator, Lori Whipple, Beaver Ponds has launched a unique, vanguard programming series called Nature Immersion at Beaver Ponds. This programming allows Beaver Ponds to truly take advantage of our experiential, outdoor...

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Gentian (genus Gentiana)

This short little flower has some vibrant blue and purple hues.  It does well at a high elevation (i.e. 10,500 feet) and is a well-known gastrointestinal tonic.  When I think of an old school tonic for the gut I think of gentian (GI tonic) and scutellaria (a...

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Harvest Notes 2018

At 10,500 feet we are grateful for any harvest we may produce.  This year we had the largest harvest in our history and expanded the raised beds while continuing soil development.  As a non-profit organization we are sincerely thankful for the help we receive from the...

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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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