The Wrack

The Wrack is the Wells Reserve blog, our collective logbook on the web.

Posts tagged solar power

  • Solar Array Adds Capacity for Growth

    | October 2, 2020 | Filed under: Culture

    A new set of photovoltaic panels will keep the reserve 100% solar for its electricity needs.

  • What the World Needs Now

    | February 4, 2017 | Filed under: Culture

    Weatherization has always been held up as one of the easiest and first solutions to climate change; why not pick that low-hanging fruit?

  • Black Gold?

    | April 25, 2015

    Abraham Lincoln O-116 by Gardner, 1865-crop' by Alexander Gardner - Library of CongressNative nameLibrary of CongressLocationWashington, D.C.Coordinates38° 53? 19? N, 77° 00? 17? Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons -,_1865-crop.png#/media/File:Abraham_Lincoln_O-116_by_Gardner,_1865President Abraham Lincoln, February 1865. He looks tired.

    The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 4/26/2015.

    One hundred and fifty years ago this month, the Civil War staggered to a bloody and exhausted end. Our nation lay in ruins: our national psyche fractured, half our economy and infrastructure reduced to ashes, 750,000 battlefield casualties (1 in 10 white men in America of military age lay dead). Why did we fight those four long years, at such cost to country and kin?

  • Maine’s Warmer but Sunnier Future

    | March 29, 2015

    solar installation at Maine Audubon's Gilsland Farm

    Photo: the new sun-tracking solar panels at Maine Audubon


    The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 3/29/2015.

    Around the time I turned six years old, a funny thing happened. Starting in 1984, each successive month was warmer than its 20th century global average. That doesn’t mean December 1985 was warmer than November 1985. It means December 1985 was warmer, around the world, than the average temperature in December from 1900-1985. So was January 1986. And so was February 1986.

    And June 1992. March 1997. August 2004. February 2015.

    For the past thirty years (and counting), each month has been warmer than its average. We may remember, year to year, locally colder Januarys or cooler Julys, but around the world, our collective thermometers have not seen a dip for 360 straight months. The odds of this happening randomly are, well, Powerball-esque.

  • Wells Reserve at Laudholm Marks Solar Milestone

    | March 23, 2015 | Filed under: News

    The Wells Reserve at Laudholm has become the first nonprofit in Maine to meet 100 percent of its electricity needs with solar energy, with 248 solar panels that are expected to generate 73,000 kilowatt-hours of electrical energy while preventing 45 tons of carbon from entering the atmosphere each year.

  • Now 100% Solar

    | March 16, 2015 | Filed under: Culture

    The Wells Reserve at Laudholm is the first nonprofit in Maine to go 100% solar. Our photovoltaic systems now generate enough solar energy to meet all of our electricity needs.

  • 20/20 Vision at Our 2020 Vision

    | November 25, 2014

    Staring at the camera through cardboard-tube binoculars. Photo courtesy Jackie Lipsky.

    The Wells Reserve at Laudholm is a timeless place, but these are changing times.

  • A Golden Opportunity

    | October 14, 2014

    Wells Reserve at Laudholm has set a goal like no other organization in Maine.

    “We are well underway in securing solar power to run our operation,” said Paul Dest, director of the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. “Our goal is to become 100 percent self-sufficient on solar power.”

    For those who know the Wells Reserve at Laudholm, it is no surprise that it would chart such ambitious goals. It has a rich history of development and progress.

  • Solar Success: Sun to Supply All Electricity Needs

    | August 14, 2014
    Two years ahead of schedule, our goal to obtain all our electricity from the sun is within reach. We have been awarded two grants to launch the final phase of our initiative. With $86,898 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and $10,000 from the Davis Conservation Foundation, we are poised to install another set o…
  • Full Power Ahead

    | July 18, 2014

    Energy supplies

    The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 7/20/2014.

    If the Wells Reserve at Laudholm had an oil well and a refinery and a power plant on site, we could keep the lights on, fill up our heating oil tank, and top off my Volkswagen every day for cheap. But we don’t. That’s just one of the drawbacks of fossil fuels: the infrastructure needs are enormous. Add the geopolitical strife, the pollution, and the finite supply of oil, coal, and natural gas, and it’s a wonder that our society uses the stuff as greedily as we do.

    We can’t live without energy. Fossil fuels power the global economic engine, and they’re immensely profitable to their producers. If only they didn’t have those annoying consequences. If fossil fuels were as vast, inexhaustible, and reliable as the sun that rises daily over our heads, they’d be great.