Salmon Brook Ecology Center is an ideal location to learn about the multiple advantages of clean energy.
Indeed, this 1,500-square-foot building, created by the Granby Education Foundation, is regularly used to inspire Granby High School and Middle School students to become knowledgeable environmental stewards.
The Center contains fish tanks and equipment for raising trout that are released into the local streams, and a nursery for growing plants in water.
Designed to be environmentally friendly, the building uses geothermal energy for heating. The 18 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roof convert sunlight directly into power to meet the center’s routine electricity needs, which are equivalent to the electricity demands of a three-bedroom house. A 2019 survey followed the electricity production for a month surrounding the vernal equinox (March) and found that the average production was 10kW per day. There is potential to produce 27kW per day.
The Ecology Center has its own weather station which was made possible through a 2014 GEF grant. The web-based station will expand the use of the Ecology Center into all classrooms throughout the district, providing real-time data for use in a variety of curriculums including science, broadcast, and world language.
The station includes: Thermometers, barometers, anemometers, hygrometers, and wind vanes. The data collected supports many areas of curriculum, including science, morning broadcasts, and world language. It will also expand the use of the ecology center as the data will be available to all of the schools in the district via the internet and will be on-going throughout the entire year. Click here for a live link.
Salmon Brook Ecology Center
321 Salmon Brook Street
Granby, CT 06035
Guided tours only. Please contact us.