The North Carolina Aquariums are one step closer to achieving their clean and green goal for the summer. Strata Solar, a nationwide leader of utility solar energy systems and installations, will formally donate 2,397 Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to the North Carolina Aquariums. A presentation will be held at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher on Wednesday, August 6 at 10 a.m.
The donation will serve to offset 2,397,000 kilowatts of traditional energy, representing 21 percent of the total energy consumption at the North Carolina Aquariums including Pine Knoll Shores, Roanoke Island and Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. Blair Schooff, vice president of marketing and sales for Strata Solar, will present the donation to Brad Ives, assistant secretary for natural resources for the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Wednesday’s presentation continues a green initiative available to the Aquariums and Pier’s guests this summer. Visitors can help the four facilities reach their goal of balancing 100 percent of the electricity used at the Aquariums with an equal amount of wind energy by purchasing RECs. Each purchased REC provides an environmental benefit and represents one megawatt-hour of electricity generated from wind power.
A grant from The Ocean Project funds a partnership with the N.C. Aquariums, Jennette’s Pier and Greenlight Energy. Greenlight Energy is a certified independent green-power marketing company that purchases RECs for individuals and organizations, connecting producers with consumers. For every REC purchased, Green Light Energy will match it with a donation to the respective facility.
For more information on how to purchase RECs, text LUNA (Fort Fisher), 4000 (Pine Knoll Shores) OBX (Roanoke Island), or GOGREEN (Jennette’s Pier) to 67076.