Lincolnville Library aims to be ‘net zero’ with solar PV and heat pump combo
Schools & Nonprofits | August 29, 2014 |Posted by Fred Greenhalgh
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The Lincolnville Community Library is now powered by the sun, thanks to grant funding by Efficiency Maine and the solar pros at ReVision Energy. The former one-room school house received 30 US-made solar electric panels to help power the 12,000 BTU heat pump that provides heating and cooling for the library.
“The Lincolnville Community Library is an excellent size and location to model energy conservation and renewable energy technologies that could be widely adopted by homeowners throughout the state,” says librarian Sheila Polson. At 24 by 34 feet and with a monthly electricity bill similar to that of many Maine households, the library’s energy efficiency measures and solar energy project, could be replicated by an average homeowner. “Already many visitors to the library ask questions about the heat pump, passive solar heating, and general energy usage,” says Polson.
Lincolnville’s library truly embodies the essence of “Community.” The town originally did not have a library, but a group of volunteers, with support from the community, rallied to move the existing 19th century school house across the street to the new site. From there, the Schoolhouse turned Library has become a central hub in the town, hosting community events, speakers, and educational gatherings. Energy efficiency improvements and the solar project are one more way the library showcases technology and knowledge for the broader community.
The Library has made the real-time performance of the solar array available online. Also see the Library’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/LincolnvilleCommunityLibrary.