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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25 Lakewood Ranch Republican Club Luncheon
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29 Manatee Forum Monthly Meeting
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Manatee County School District moves up in state district rankings
The Manatee County School District moved up three spots since last year, to rank 37 among the state’s 67 school districts, Superintendent Rick Mills announced July 21.
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PHOTO GALLERY: Woodland Community Church Vacation Bible School
About 800 children in grades pre-kindergarten through third enjoyed Bible lessons, bounce houses, snacks and other activities during Woodland Community Church's Vacation Bible School, July 14 through July 17. Activities featured secret agent themes, as part of the camp's Agency D3 — discover, decide and defend — name this year.