Lakewood Ranch-based Willis A. Smith Construction Sept. 4 has helped Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium improve its energy efficiency.
Willis A. Smith donated one system of 126 photovoltaic panels, valued at about $115,000. The product was installed by RegionSolar, which obtained a rebate for nearly half the cost.
The 2,310-square-foot, 30.2-kilowatt solar-power system, which is being mounted on the southern roof of Mote’s Ann and Alfred Goldstein Marine Mammal Research and Rehabilitation Center, will start capturing solar energy this month to supplement electrical power at Mote’s nationally recognized hospitals for dolphins, small whales and sea turtles.
Local donor and solar-energy supporter Jim Lampl donated a second 30.2-kilowatt system to supplement power at Mote Aquaculture Park (MAP) — the lab’s environmentally responsible fish farm and research facility in eastern Sarasota County.
Mote is launching its new Sustainable Energy Initiative this month.
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22 Gingerbread Houses
23 Cooking Class: Nuts About Holiday Cookies
24 Cooking Class: Crazy For Cookies
26 Kids 3-Day Cooking Camp
26 Teens 3-Day Cooking Camp
30 Italian Wine and Dine
31 Cooking Class: World New Year's Celebration
26 Devereaux-Kaiser Collector Car Meet
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Year in Review: January 2013, Newly elected board seeks unity
Passions flared during the first meeting of 2013, as the Heritage Harbor CDD board discussed dumpsites and a lake and wetland maintenance project.
WEEKEND BEST BET: Horseshoe Cove Golf Cart Parade
Horseshoe Cove community members will throw on their Christmas sweaters, and turn on the flashing lights on their golf carts, for the 15th Golf Cart Parade at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, starting at Caruso Road.
SCF homecoming weekend upcoming
The State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota will hold its Homecoming weekend events Jan. 23 through 25.