Solar Array at the Hurstville Interpretive Center

Posted:10/28/2020 Jackson

The Hurstville Interpretive Center is going solar and we need your help! 

Check out this video about our solar project: Journey to the Sun, a virtual solar event

Solar energy:
- will help reduce operating costs for the Hurstville Center, thereby reducing county tax dollars used for the building
- provide a renewable energy source for the building, which meets our mission as a conservation agency
- educate visitors about renewable energy

Jackson County Conservation & Friends of Jackson County Conservation have teamed up to make this happen in 2021. 

Timeline:
- Raise 1/2 the cost by Spring 2021
- Bid out the project February 2021
- Install solar array Summer 2021

Budget:
- Estimated cost of $70,000 for a 70% offset 
- Conservation Board will budget 1/2 the cost in FY 2021-22
- Friends of JCC will offset the cost by raising 1/2 of the funds needed
- Friends has already designated $10,000 through past fundraising activities, therefore setting a goal to raise $25,000 through private donations by Spring of 2021

Donations:
- Friends of JCC is a 501(c)3 and all donations are tax deductible
- Donations in the amount of $100 can have an engraved 4"x8" brick and donations in the amount of $200 can have an engraved 8"x8" brick. Bricks will be laid around an information kiosk adjacent to the solar array.
- Sponsor a Solar Panel for $500 to personally help offset 25,000 pounds of CO2 emissions. Solar Panel Donors will be recognized on a donor sign on the information kiosk adjacent to the solar array. 

Donations can be sent to Friends of Jackson County Conservation, 18670 63rd Street, Maquoketa, Iowa 52060 or Online

For those making a donation of $100 or more, please visit this website to personalize your brick.