Sojourns' Solar

Sojourns Team standing in front of solar panels

Annual Solar Energy Production

The 4 AllSun Trackers produce approximately 33,600 kilowatt hours of power annually - enough to cover more than 100% of Sojourns' electric usage.

Sojourns Annual Solar Energy Production: 33.6 Mwh, is equivalent to:

  • 101,348 Light bulbs for 1 day
  • 33,434 Computer for 1 day

Sojourns Annual Solar Carbon Offset: 57,342 lbs, is equivalent to:

  • 672 Trees Planted
  • 2948 Gallons of Gas Saved
Clif Steinberg, Governor Shumlin, Cynthia Moore

At Sojourns' we believe that living in harmony with one's external environment is key to maintaining a healthy internal ecosystem. The installation of our Solar Array was an important milestone in our clinic's evolution as a place of healing and harmony .

Photovoltaics and the AllSun Tracker Explained

What does Photovoltaic mean?

Photovoltaic (PV) materials and devices convert sunlight into electrical energy, and PV cells are commonly known as solar cells. Photovoltaics can literally be translated as light-electricity. For more information: US Dept of Energy

How do solar panels create electricity?

Solar PV panels are made of silicon which has amazing properties. When light hits a silicon atom in a solar panel, some of the electrons circling its nucleus get knocked free. These electrons are picked up, or conducted, by very thin metal wires circling the panel. This movement of electrons through wires creates renewable energy in the form of electricity.

AllSun Tracker Solar Panels- images of how they change position with the sun.

What are AllSun Trackers?

AllSun Trackers are solar panels mounted on poles which allow them to move. They rotate with the sun as it crosses the sky, keeping the solar panels at a perpendicular angle to the sun's rays. This maximizes the amount of sunlight reaching the panels, which in turn maximizes the amount of electricity they generate. For more information: All Earth Renewables

Where does the electricity go?

Electricity flows from the solar panels to where it is needed, like water flows through pipes in a house. When sunlight hits the solar panels on the AllSun Tracker, the electricity created moves through the solar tracker and into the wiring in your home or business. When electricity has been created at Sojourns that goes beyond the immediate demands of the clinic, that excess electricity simply flows backwards through a meter and into the electric grid, thus providing locally generated power to the rest of the community.

Sojourns' Monthly Solar Production and Cost Savings

Sojourns' 4 AllSun Trackers daily production is monitored online - displayed in a monthly production graph, as shown below: the energy production for 2013.

Sojourns' solar produced 4,084 Kilowatt hours of electricity over the 30 days in April. 795 more Kilowatts than Sojourns needed. The excess energy was sold back to the grid at a profit to Sojourns of 13 cents per Kilowatt/hour. Sojourns anticipates the total project costs will be returned after ten years through electrical cost savings and power company payments for surplus electricity. The solar panels will produce electricity efficiently for a minimum of 30 years.

2013 Monthly bar graph of Sojourns' energy production

(Photo taken from http://www.allearthrenewables.com/energy-production-report/detail/1109#view=yearly&date=2013-01-01)

Environmental Benefits of Solar:

  • Solar power systems generate power without creating any pollution.
  • The fuel is free, abundant and locally available, requiring no fossil fuels for transportation.
  • The sun is a renewable energy source.
  • Unlike energy supplied from nuclear power, natural gas, coal, and other fossil fuels, solar energy does not require mining, drilling, hazardous waste or large amounts of water.

The installation of Sojourns' Solar supported Vermont Companies:

  • Solar Installer: Integrated Solar of Brattleboro, VT
  • Solar Manufacturer: All Earth Renewables of Williston, VT

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Testimonial

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