Sunday, July 31, 2011

Solar Power at Work in Media, Pa

Banner on State St.
Media has not only been on the forefront of reusable energy, but is a regional leader when it comes to solar power.  You may have seen the banner recently on the front of Trader Joe's.  So how much of this solar power is at work?

Media has more solar panel installations on its buildings than many of the surrounding municipalities/counties.  To date, Media has nine functioning, solar generating sites: Media Youth Center, Media Borough Hall, Sweney Bldg./Courthouse, Highway Dept. Garage, Media Upper Providence Library, Media Firehouse, Media Elementary,Veteran's Museum/Trader Joe's and Media Theatre.

As reported by
Since 2004, when the first array was mounted on the Armory building (now the site of Trader Joe's and the PA Veterans Museum), Media solar arrays have produced over 130,000 kWh of clean, renewable energy. Now, with a capacity of 41 kW, the Media Borough solar arrays can generate nearly 45,000 kWh per year, saving about $5,500 annually as well as CO2 emissions equivalent to 3,635 gallons of gas consumed.

The solar  initiative is an ongoing process to create a micro solar grid which would be capable of providing emergency electricity during a time of crisis.  It's just the beginning of what could be not only a great source of renewable energy, but also a show case for other towns looking to make a difference towards their own energy needs.

Environmental Awards presented to Media, Pa:

  • 2002- Municipal Buyer of the Year-wind purchases
  • 2004-Greenest Borough Award-Armory Solar Project
  • 2007-EAC Award-Solar Energy Projects
  • 2008-Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence- Highest environmental award in
  • Commonwealth.

Check out Media's Environmental Advisory Council for more information.


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