Pacific Marine Mammal Center’s “Solar for Seals” Awarded
Solar Builder Annual Reader-Chosen Project of the Year Award
Laguna Beach, California
Solar Builder is the leading publication covering solar photovoltaic construction in North America. Solar Builder staff selected six projects in each category based on construction application, innovation and community impact.
“Solar for Seals” was nominated by Planet Earth Solar, who donated labor for the project. Pacific Marine Mammal Center, along with its partners Planet Earth Solar and R.O.S.E. (Residents Organized for a Safe Environment), was successful in their fundraising initiative to raise over $30,000 for solar panels.
PMMC houses more than 200 marine mammals and over 7,000 children each year at its Laguna Beach facility, and electricity costs to keep the freezers for fish running, medical equipment functioning properly and lights on in the classroom have exceeded more than $2,000 a month during high seasons.. The solar system is estimated to cut the center’s electricity bill by 30%. “With this project we have been able minimize harmful impacts on the environment and reduce our human ‘footprint’ at the Center,” said Executive Director, Keith Matassa.
The Roof-Mount installation at Pacific Marine Mammal Center was featured in the November/December 2014 issue of Solar Builder magazine, online at solarbuildermag.com and on the free Solar Builder app for iPads.