The Highlights Foundation has a big goal: to transform the energy management of our Retreat Center and reach either net-zero or net-positive energy usage.
- In December 2020, we received a matching grant from the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority, with assistance from SEEDS of Northeastern Pennsylvania, to use toward our Net Zero Energy projects. With this grant we were able to insulate cabins, upgrade heating and cooling with mini-split units in each cabin, and install a large (105KW) ground-mount solar array. We look forward to the energy savings in the years ahead!
- In July 2020, thanks to a gift from Kent Brown and others, we installed a 30kw solar array to help provide renewable energy on campus.
- In late 2019, we began automating our energy controls and monitoring through the use of smart thermostats throughout campus.