Stanstead Col­lege takes so­lar step to sus­tain­abil­ity

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion, Ross Mur­ray Stanstead

Head­mas­ter Michael Wolfe is pleased to an­nounce that the Eric T. Web­ster Stu­dent Cen­tre at Stanstead Col­lege will now be pow­ered by so­lar en­ergy. The most re­cent achieve­ment of the Stanstead Col­lege En­vi­ron­men­tal Com­mit­tee, a new 5kW roof-mounted so­lar panel ar­ray, was in­stalled the Stu­dent Cen­tre in Au­gust and was un­veiled Satur­day, Septem­ber 28, 2013.

In 2007 Stanstead Col­lege an­nounced a Dec­la­ra­tion of En­vi­ron­men­tal Prin­ci­ples. It re­sulted in the cre­ation of an En­vi­ron­men­tal Com­mit­tee that in turn de­vel­oped a Green Man­i­festo, which tar­gets that, “Stanstead Col­lege in its func­tion­ing will, at a min­i­mum, have no net im­pact on the Earth or any of the fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of the Earth.”

The Col­lege has em­barked on sev­eral ini- tia­tives to­wards this end,

in­clud­ing a new heat­ing sys­tem with a com­pact gas con­dens­ing boiler ca­pa­ble of achiev­ing ul­tra-high ef­fi­ciency lev­els of 96%, zoned heat­ing and an elec­tric-pow­ered ice resur­facer for the Pat Burns Arena. The En­vi­ron­men­tal Com­mit­tee, how­ever, wanted to fur­ther raise the vis­i­bil­ity of its ef­forts and pur­sue a project that could be in­te­grated into the ed­u­ca­tional cur­ricu­lum. It ex­plored sev­eral projects and set­tled on “go­ing so­lar.”

The 5kW So­lar Sys­tem can gen­er­ate 10,000 kWh per year, enough elec­tric­ity to power up to 50%

Stanstead Col­lege has in­stalled so­lar pan­els on the roof of the Eric T. Web­ster Stu­dent Cen­tre.

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