Hopkinton's Solect Energy has brought solar power to the farm house where transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau was born nearly 200 years ago.
Solect Energy donated the installation and will maintain a seven-kilowatt (kW) solar energy system on the historic site that now serves as a museum, according to a release from the company. The company will donate the power to the farm.
The solar installation is the last step in updates and renovations at the farm that include an electric heat pump for heating and cooling, environmentally sound shingles, a rainwater collection unit, greywater disposal system, and a composting toilet.
"Our renovations over the past several years have attempted to capture Thoreau's ideals and apply them to the 21st century. We believe solar fits into the simple, yet contemporary approach we are trying to bring to the house," Ken Lizotte, president of Thoreau Farm's board of directors, said in a statement.
In addition to Solect's donations, Canadian Solar is contributing panels for the seven-kilowatt system and Yaskawa – Solectria Solar is donating the inverter, which will convert the panel's output into usable electricity. The solar panels will be mounted on the ground, not on the building itself, to preserve the appearance of the house.