Solar Energy Comes to the Cemetery

December 1, 2021

As part of our Climate Action Plan, we are investing in renewable energy and have installed solar panels on our circa 1932 Operations building.

The solar panels on our Operations Center buildings have been producing electricity since the beginning of October 2021, and are already paying dividends for the Cemetery and the environment. The 156 panel array has produced over 10,000 kWh of electricity, which is more than 50% of the electricity typically used by the Operations Center buildings during that period.  And we purchase the remaining electricity through the Watertown Electricity Choice program, opting up to the 100% Green, 100% renewable electricity offered through the group electricity purchasing program. We anticipate that over the course of the year our panels will produce about 70% of the electricity we use in these buildings.  We can monitor energy production online in real time, and watch as the panels crank up the power whenever the sun is out! This project is a big step as the Cemetery works towards its most ambitious goal: carbon-neutrality by 2050.

Learn more about Mount Auburn’s Environmental Stewardship and the Climate Action Plan.

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