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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PHOTO GALLERY: Jen's MarketPlace farmer's market
Aug. 30, after a three-year hiatus the Lakewood Ranch farmer's market returned to Main Street, with about 22 vendors and a new name — Jen's MarketPlace.
PHOTO GALLERY: Operation Pet Rescue
Animal lovers converged Aug. 30 on Lakewood Ranch Main Street for Operation Pet Rescue. Participants visited booths run by the Humane Society of Lakewood Ranch volunteers, for stamps. Proceeds from the raffle benefited the East County rescue.
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