Hope for Wildlife hopes to provide extra vitality than it makes use of with further solar panels
“When that opportunity arose that we could use clean energy instead of fossil fuels, I was so excited,” said Hope Swinimer
The founder of Hope for Wildlife hopes that by installing additional solar panels, the system will now produce more energy than it consumes.
The Seaforth Wildlife Rehabilitation Center installed nearly 100 panels after being approved for the province’s Solar Power for Municipal Buildings program in 2018.
Another 200 panels have been added over the past year.
“Up to 300 solar panels here at Hope for Wildlife,” said Hope Swinimer. “So we really hope that what we burn is offset by what this solar panel farm can earn. I think it will be tight.”
“We get a bill for our regular energy, but then we get a check back for what we’ve earned from the sun.”
She said this will help because the large facility that treats thousands of patients each year has an electricity bill of around $ 40,000 a year.
“We have hospitals, we have intensive care units, we have a learning center, we have the Fenton Farmhouse, where we have lots of animals,” said Swinimer to Jordi Morgan, the host of NEWS 95.7.
“When that opportunity arose that we could use clean energy instead of fossil fuels, I was so excited.”
According to Swinimer, solar technology is improving rapidly and the new modules are even better than the ones that were put up a few years ago when they were first installed.
“Apparently [the newer panels] will even pick up solar energy from the back of the device, “she said.” They are constantly changing how they work and how much more efficient they are every day. “
“The more people that [switch]The healthier our planet will be. “