New Hampton, working with Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI) modeled the solar installation on the school’s Veazey dormitory on a New England Barn raising.
Student and community volunteers worked together installing panels and plumbing that would begin providing students hot water just a couple of days after installation. The project is part of New Hampton’s school-wide green and sustainability intiative- New Hampton School’s Husky Green Council.
Student workers came from a “Projects in Sustainability” class and appreciated the technical as well as the labor aspects of the project- check out the video above.
NHS Science faculty member and HGC advisor Rebekka Joslin said in a school press release:
“We spent a lot of time talking about this day and trying to learn about solar energy…but it’s really exciting to see the kids working with their hands and learning outside the classroom.” (Solar Water Heater Installed on Veazey Dorm: Solar Water Heater Installed on Veazey Dorm, NHSPR)
The payoff, of course, comes in the form of reduced energy consumption. The colder climate solar thermal system will produce over 10 million BTUs and eliminate consumption of over 3000KWH per year. (NHSPR)
PAREI Co-Director Sandra Jones lauded the NHS students’ efforts.
“There’s nothing like experiential learning and the interaction with the adults is priceless…The student volunteers were really engaged and inspired by the environmental effects of their work.” (NHSPR)