2018-01-26 / Community News

Camp Ketcha celebrates solar installation

Camp Ketcha will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. at 12 Spurwink Road in Scarborough, to celebrate the commissioning of its newly installed solar array.

Thomas Doherty, executive director of Camp Ketcha, will discuss what the project means for the future of the camp. A representative from ReVision Energy will discuss project details.

“As a charitable nonprofit this solar project benefits our community in three ways,” Doherty said. “One, we save money that we can put right back into our programs getting kids outside and active. Two, we get to role model our strongly held values of good stewardship of our land and the environment overall and three, we get to help our non-profit colleagues through supporting RE-volv’s rotating fund that helps future nonprofits to go solar. We are deeply thankful to the University of New England Solar Ambassadors who volunteered (many) hours to make this project a reality and to the Horizon Foundation for putting us over the top in fundraising for this important project.”

Portland-based ReVision Energy installed 117 photovoltaic panels on the rooftop of the barn where the camp houses riding horses. Panels for the array were donated by California based RE-volv with much of the labor donated by ReVision installers. The solar array is expected to generate more than 15,000 kilowatt hours of clean renewable energy per year, or roughly 98 percent of the electricity used by Camp Ketcha.

The event is free and open to the public.

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