BENEFIT EVENT #1
Date: October 01, 2016
Location: SANCTUARY BREWING COMPANY Hendersonville, NC
BENEFIT EVENT #2
Date: October 03, 2016
Location: OSKAR BLUES BREWERY
Come to one or both events, bring the family and friends and join us as Sanctuary and Oskar Blues as both wonderful establishments will be donating a portion of taproom sales during the events to
Earthshine Nature Programs!
Learn all about our wildlife education, rehabilitation, conservation, outreach, science and renewable energy programming.
Meet many of our education animals including Rex the Tortoise, Scar and Slip the Ratsnakes, and Ashley the Boa Constrictor and more!
Help us raise funds for our newest project at our science, nature and wildlife rehabilitation and conservation center – a 5.3 kW solar energy system that will help us power most of the heating, lighting, and water filtration systems for our education and rehabilitation animal habitats as well as and the lighting, audio visual and computing systems for our classroom…and charge our all electric Nissan Leaf outreach vehicle with 100% renewably generated power from the sun!
*Learn more about our solar energy project in the detailed description at the bottom of this blog post*
Meet special guest Pierce Curren of TV’s Scaly Adventures and hear all about his adventures sharing his love of reptiles and nature with everyone he meets!
Local artists will be on hand offering their unique wildlife and nature themed art, photography, and jewelry with a portion of the proceeds directly supporting our work.
Steve and friends will start off the event with a one of a kind music jam with indigenous instruments such as the didgeridoo, flute and drum. If you play, please bring an instrument and join in on the fun!
At the Oskar Blues event we will also have an Electric Vehicle car show where you can learn all about and maybe even take a ride in an electric car! Members of the Blue Ridge Electric Vehicle Club will have several sleek EVs on display including possibly the Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, and BMW i3 on display!
All donations are tax deductible.
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If you are unable to make it to one of our fundraisers and would still like to support us, please feel free to visit our Amazon wishlist or the donate page on our website where you will find a Paypal donate link.
Earthshine Nature Programs is a 501c3 nonprofit wildlife conservation and rehabilitation, nature and science education organization, and is a separate business entity from Earthshine Discovery Center.
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Our Solar Energy Project
Earthshine Nature Programs/Trails Science is working to develop an environmental education classroom and wildlife rehabilitation facility that is powered by the sun! Our goal with this project is to drastically reduce our carbon footprint and dependence on fossil fuels by taking advantage of the most renewable energy source – our nearest star.
This 5.3 kilowatt photovoltaic solar array will not only supply our classroom with renewably generated power but it will be a bold teaching tool for the students of Trails Carolina, The Academy at Trails Carolina, and our visitors. It will offer our students a myriad of learning opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education, environmental education, and conservation courses. It will also provide web interface technologies that will allow the system to be monitored in real-time by students in class or from anywhere on the planet!
Once online, this solar farm will not only provide much of the power used by the science classroom but it will also provide enough solar generated electricity to power our nonprofit outreach vehicle, an all-electric Nissan Leaf.
Our students and visitors will benefit greatly from the applied use of renewable energy technologies in class by experiencing the first hand functioning of real world, renewable energy applications such as solar-electric power, and electric vehicles. In our unique solar powered science classroom they will bust through the negative myths often associated with renewable energy and electric vehicles by assisting with the maintenance of, and studying of the most up-to-date technologies in class. After leaving Trails our graduates will be more up to date, connected, and ready to accept the reality of, and make use of, sustainable clean energy power and transportation systems to power their lives and their futures.
To make this grand vision a reality we have partnered with Black Bear Solar Institute (BBSI) in Towensend, Tennessee with the goal to install a state of the art off-grid solar array that will allow the Trails Science and Nature Center to one day become fully self-powered by the sun!
The students and I have already begun site preparations and will begin installing the solar array in the early fall of 2016 and depending on granting/donation support we hope to have the system online by mid-November if not before.
The following outline shows what components we have already received and the yet to be sourced components. Two of the three primary components needed to make this project a reality have already been donated – they include;
1.The Solar Panels. 20 240watt solar modules – Donated by FLS Energy, a local utility scale solar installation company from Asheville, NC. Approximate value: $10,000
2.The charge controllers. Two (2) Morningstar 600 Volt charge controllers with DC disconnects – Donated by Bob Harris of Black Bear Solar Institute in Towensend Tennessee. Value: $3,600. These devices will monitor the output of the solar panels and the needs of the batteries and regulate the power as the batteries need it. They are “smart” devices so we will be able to monitor their status from anywhere with an internet connection.
3.Electrical Panels, Wiring and Conduit for Solar Control System. Donated by Bob Harris of Black Bear Solar Institute in Towensend Tennessee. Value: $600.00
4.Aluminum Racking for solar panels. Donated by Bob Harris of Black Bear Solar Institute in Towensend Tennessee. Value: $3,922
Remaining Needs for Solar Project
1.The battery storage – yet to be acquired. This project will rely on 24 Trojan T145 EHPT 6 Volt golf cart batteries to store power for use at night and on cloudy days. Need: 24 Trojan T145 EHPT 6 volt batteries. Estimated cost: $5256
2. The power inverter – yet to be acquired. The remaining primary component for this system to work as planned is the power inverter. This device ties everything together, converts DC to AC power and is the “brains” of the system. Need: 1 Aims 6000 Watt 48V Pure Sine Power Inverter / Grid Charger / Transfer Switch PICOGLF60W48VCost: $1392.00 via:http://invertersrus.com/product/aims-picoglf60w48v120v/
or via Amazon.
Other components needed to make it a reality.
Hidden Costs: $2,500 – these are the unseen costs that will come up during construction and upgrades to the ENP/Trails Science and Nature Center. Should this not be needed immediately, it will be deposited into the ENP account and used for future needs.
Primary Supporters of Our Solar Project
Black Bear Solar Institute
Bob Harris – Executive Director
*Donated many of the components needed to construct this system and new, energy efficient computers for the classroom and providing pro bono guidance, technical expertise, and installation assistance
Frank Marshall: email@example.com
*Donated 20 new 240 watt solar modules.
Master carpenter, passionate educator, and founder of Charge Transylvania CountyProviding construction and installation assistance.
Supports the project and its great value to the students and the organization
Supports the project and its great value to the students and the organization
Jewell Mimms donated $1000 – THANK YOU!!
NOTE: Anyone donating components or funds to this project have the option to have your name engraved on a custom made plaque* that will be attached to the solar array for all future visitors and students to witness.
*Plaque will be made by the students and Steve O’Neil
A note from Executive Director Steve O’Neil
I am conducting all of these upgrades under my very small wildlife, nature and science conservation, education and outreach organization Earthshine Nature Programs (501c3) which is supported primarily through monetary, resource, and time donations from concerned individuals just like you. To cover the remaining costs I am working on sourcing grants and donations from any and all sources that would like to support us.
This is the master need list that I would like to see become reality for the betterment of our students, outreach program participants, and education animals now, and for many years into the future.
If you know of any possible monetary or component donation sources and/or granting options please do share this document with them and/or let me know as every little bit helps us get closer to our grand goals that will serve to upgrade our animal habitats, classroom, and research equipment, and power the ENP/Trails Science and Nature Center and outreach vehicle via the endless energy from the sun and most importantly – educate and inspire thousands of middle and high school aged children and adults on the proper respect and understanding of wildlife and wild places and the responsible, clean energy sources we can all use to provide for and empower our shared futures.
I am passionate about sharing my love, curiosity, and respect for nature, wildlife and wild places with everyone I meet – especially my classroom and outreach programming students and participants. It is the students of today that will make the big wildlife, nature, science and energy decisions of the future, and it is my goal to give them the best possible exposure to the best ethics and practices and leading renewable energy technologies so that they will be better informed and ready to change the world for the better. I feel that by demonstrating what is possible and working together toward the common goal of creating and maintaining a better world for all living things today and into the future, we will make all of our dreams come true for the betterment of us all and for the earth that supports all of us.
Executive Director of Earthshine Nature Programs (501c3)
Naturalist with Trails Carolina and The Academy at Trails Carolina
134 E. Dogwood Lane
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768