Published on November 12, 2021

New Discovery Center Poised to Go Solar

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Long Pasture’s recently opened Discovery Center now has 52 solar photovoltaic panels on its roof—and soon will be generating all of the electricity it needs.

The panels are part of a $100,000 solar matching challenge awarded by the Tern Foundation, which has helped numerous nonprofits on the Cape transition to renewable energy. Funds raised through the TernSOLAR Challenge will also fund 26 solar PV panels on an outdoor teaching pavilion that will begin construction in 2022.

The Discovery Center, which opened in September, is a multi-functional, universally-accessible building that will house educational and community programs year-round. Both the Discovery Center and the teaching pavilion will be net-zero for energy use.

The TernSOLAR Matching Challenge

According to Tern Foundation co-directors Lisa Linnehan and Marianne Lampke, TernSOLAR funding is designed to assist nonprofits to fully engage in the renewable energy movement— giving recipients the opportunity save on electricity costs, reinvest the savings into mission-driven programs, and reduce their carbon footprints.

 “We applaud the spirited team at Long Pasture for their wonderful programs and environmental stewardship as they grow their sanctuary into an ever-evolving role model to the community, " they said.

The Discovery Center panels will start generating power once local inspections are completed and Eversource installs meters and issues a final permit.