FUNDRAISING UPDATE for the Pioneer Solar Pavilion in Hess Park.
As of mid-February we have raised over $23,000! Our target is in sight, and if we can raise another $7,000 by April, the Pavilion could be in place by August. Special donations by local pioneer families and businesses ($1,500 for 2- foot by 3-foot display panels) to interpret their history are helping very much.
The idea came from Ashton-Hayes, a small village in England striving to become a climate-friendly community. Part of their education effort is a solar pavilion with a clearly visible number display, allowing visitors to see solar energy being generated in real time.
A collaborative group in Lee Vining, led by 350 MONO Climate Action and supported by the Mono Basin Historical Society, was inspired to try to do something similar in the Mono Basin.
The pavilion's solar roof will generate clean energy for Mono County and be an educational tool showcasing solar energy and our community's commitment to a renewable future. The pavilion will provide an outdoor space for events with shade, wind protection and much-needed visitor amenities like WiFi, electrical outlets and tourist information. The proposed location is directly north of the Old Schoolhouse Museum in Hess Park, adjacent to a playground, and within walking distance of the library, schools and community garden. Hopefully, the pavilion will inspire visitors from around the world to bring renewable energy to their communities.
HELP MAKE THE PAVILION A REALITY!
Construction cost is approximately $30,000 with labor costs kept to a minimum using donated expertise. August 2018 is our goal, in time for next Ghosts of the Sagebrush Historical Society Event. Your donation of $100 will be commemorated with a colorful hand-painted tile on our donor wall with your preferred design. A great way to honor loved ones. Able to give more? Larger tiles, and major donor plaques also possible! Make checks out to the Lee Vining Chamber of Commerce with "Solar Pavilion" noted on the subject line. Send to Solar Pavilion, PO Box 39, Lee Vining, CA 93541.