TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan — Gardeners at Historic Barns Park in Traverse City are using solar power to water fruits, vegetables and flowers.
The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports ( http://bit.ly/1KunVMK ) that 12 solar panels have been installed, producing more than enough energy to handle the watering needs at the SEEDS Farm and Traverse City Community Garden.
SEEDS Executive Director Sarna Salzman says the panels replaced a generator that powered the water well pump. She says that since mid-June the panels have reduced carbon dioxide emissions equal to burning 915 pounds of coal or 95.8 gallons of gasoline.
They are also expected to save $350 to $400 in utility costs annually.
Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle, http://www.record-eagle.com