If you’ve been to William B. Umstead State Park recently, you may have noticed a sunny new addition to the Visitor’s Center. As close neighbors to Umstead State Park and all-around nature lovers, we couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with Strata Solar and The Umstead Coalition to bring Umstead Park’s solar powered dream to life.
Umstead Park’s solar journey began in early 2018 when we were first approached by the Umstead Coalition to design a system for the Visitor’s Center. Once the 4.88 kW system was designed, The Umstead Coalition was able to harness the power of the community to crowdfund a portion of the cost. We were happy to step in to donate our time to handle system design, permitting, interconnection, and on-site labor to make the vision a reality. We got a big boost from Strata Solar, who generously donated the solar panels and funded the remainder of the material for the project.
It took over a year to bring all the parts together to make this project work, but we were finally ready to install the solar system last week. It was your typical North Carolina August day — sunny, humid, and HOT. (Shout out to our install crew for braving the heat!) At the end of the day, we couldn’t be more proud to see the system gleaming on the roof. Educational signage will be added soon to explain just how Umstead State Park’s Visitor Center is generating clean, renewable power to save money and help the environment. Plus, you’ll be able to watch the solar system’s production in real-time via a kiosk in the lobby!
Make sure you check it out and see how your local Raleigh state park is leading the change with solar!
All of the staff at William B. Umstead State Park is incredibly grateful for the help of Southern Energy Management, Strata Solar, and The Umstead Coalition for helping to make our Visitor Center more sustainable. We look forward to educating the public about the benefits of solar power and renewable energy for years to come. The next time you come for a hike or a picnic, stop by our Visitor Center to learn more.
Request a free virtual solar evaluation today!