Solar Helps NH Summer Camp Teach Stewardship to Children
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Summer camp will be even sunnier this year at Copper Cannon Camp. ReVision Energy recently installed a 13.52-kilowatt array on the roof of the camp’s newly-constructed dining hall in Bethlehem, NH. Copper Cannon provides tuition-free summer camp experiences for children in need. The solar array will offset approximately 15,499 kilowatt hours of the camp’s usage and 14,228 pounds of carbon pollution annually.
Camp executive director Peter Christnacht says the educational experience the system will offer is a large part of why Copper Cannon chose to pursue solar power. “As a teaching tool, it will be a great educational opportunity. We want to incorporate aspects of it in with our Farm to Table garden plot and conservation activities. We have a wonderful platform to demonstrate to the youth and for the youth we serve, how we have a stewardship role in protecting our natural resources. This is one step.”
Copper Cannon plans to involve the campers by having them monitor the power usage, and provide daily updates on production and the previous day’s consumption. Peter hopes that doing so will help the campers “be able to connect the dots with energy generation and energy consumption.” The camp will use the system as an example for a variety of future passive solar projects, including the creation of solar showers.
Copper Cannon Camp is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1963 by Hamilton Ford, with a mission and values inspired by Ford’s own time spent at summer camp as a child. The camp, which abuts the White Mountain National Forest in Bethlehem, provides life-enriching experiences, the impact of which Christnacht believes goes “well beyond simply having a good time.” The camp offers many much-loved, traditional summer camp activities but also focuses on themes that last outside of a week at camp: encouraging continued learning, healthy lifestyles and building social capital.