The Athens-Clarke County Sustainability Office is providing technical assistance to the Athens Regional Library to install a solar garden at their Athens area facility. The library applied for and won a $100,000 grant from EBSCO Information Services in 2017 in hopes of reducing the library's environmental impact and electric costs, as well as providing an opportunity for solar education in the community. This solar installation was completed in 2018 and has an expected annual energy production of over 17,000 kWh.
The installation features two fixtures that provide energy to the library facilities, including one that follows with the movement of the sun. The solar garden is meant to be a useful and educational experience that demonstrates that just as plants get their energy from the sun, so can we. Soon, a family-friendly, interactive control center will be available inside the library to learn more about solar energy in use at this facility.