The Maplewood Nature Center is sporting a brand new look thanks to Federal, State, and City Green initiatives! In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint, the City applied for and received a Solar Energy Legacy Grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for photovoltaic (PV) panels and solar educational components for the Nature Center. PV cells collect the sun’s rays and transform them into useable electric power.
The Nature Center PV project consists of 8, 3’ x 4’ panels, installed as an awning on the south (front) side of the building. The panels are connected by micro inverters that convert the direct current (DC) produced by the cells to alternating current (AC) that our homes and businesses use for electricity. These particular inverters also allow us to see how much energy each panel is producing. Click here to view the energy production from the panels. For more information visit the Nature Center solar project.