TAVARES – Have you ever wondered how much energy is really generated by solar panels? Well wonder no more, as a new real-time monitoring website now allows residents to keep track of the energy produced by a cluster of solar panels perched atop the Lake County Agricultural Center’s Horticultural Learning Center, located at 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares.
With real-time monitoring, residents can track the daily, weekly, monthly and lifetime energy production of the solar panels. Visitors to the website can also toggle between various environmental offsets including pounds of carbon dioxide, gallons of gas, barrels of oil and pounds of coal, all of which directly result from power produced by the solar panels.
The Horticultural Learning Center also plans to incorporate this feature into the development and implementation of future educational initiatives that focus on renewable energy and conservation. Those interested in tracking the amount of energy generated or the environmental offsets produced by the solar panels, in real time, can do so by visiting www.lakecountyextensionsolar.com.
The solar panels, initially estimated to generate over 13,000 watts of electricity, were unveiled in May as part of the Lake County Horticultural Learning Center’s Conservation Initiatives Presentation. Funding for the solar panels totaled roughly $80,000, and was provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009’s Energy Efficiency Community Block Grant.
For more information about the solar panels or real-time monitoring, call the Lake County Agricultural Center at 352-343-4101 or log on to www.lakecountyextensionsolar.com.