Case Study: Sustainable Heating Solutions for Mission: Wolf Sanctuary
Mission: Wolf, a respected 501(c)(3) non-profit organization nestled in the pristine wilderness of Westcliffe, Colorado, has been dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing sanctuary for wolves and wolf-dog crosses for over 30 years. More than just a sanctuary, their mission extends to inspiring reverence for the untamed and fostering a profound connection between individuals and the natural world. In pursuit of sustainable living and environmental consciousness, Mission: Wolf enlisted the expertise of Metro Solar to design and install a cutting-edge solar thermal radiant and domestic hot water heating system during the summer of 2019.
This case study delves into the transformative impact of the 10 SunEarth 4'x 8' Flat Plate Collectors (EP-32) and the sustainable heating solutions they have provided to Mission: Wolf. The installation caters to the new visitor center, aptly named "Jane's Studio," while emphasizing educational aspects with off-grid, self-sustaining equipment.
- Project Name: Mission: Wolf
- Location: Westcliffe, Colorado
- Installation Date: November 2019
- Installer: Metro Solar
Mission: Wolf's Remarkable Journey:
For over three decades, Mission: Wolf has stood as a sanctuary of hope for wolves and wolf-dog crosses. Nestled within the remote and rugged Wet Mountains of Southern Colorado, this 501(c)(3) non-profit has been run by a dedicated group of individuals who have worked relentlessly to create a sustainable and nurturing haven for these majestic creatures.
Collaborating for a Sustainable Future:
During the summer of 2019, Metro Solar collaborated with Mission: Wolf to design and install a solar thermal radiant and domestic hot water heating system. Dave Woycio, the owner of Metro Solar, recounts the project's inception, noting, "I had originally planned on getting them used solar collectors to keep their costs down but reached out to SunEarth."
The primary focus of this sustainable heating solution was to cater to Mission: Wolf's new visitor center, known as Jane's Studio. The entire compound operates off-grid, ensuring minimal impact on the refuge's tranquil setting. The installation of the solar equipment within Jane's Studio is thoughtfully designed to serve educational purposes, aligning with Mission: Wolf's commitment to connect people with the natural world.
Jane's Studio: A Beacon of Sustainability:
Jane's Studio, a remarkable 4,800 square-foot solar-powered agricultural shop and studio, is a testament to Mission: Wolf's unwavering dedication to both education and sustainable living. This pivotal addition to the sanctuary promises to serve as a central hub for visitors and volunteers, while safeguarding the tranquility of the resident wolves' sanctuary home.
- Location: Mission: Wolf - Westcliffe, Colorado
- Application: Solar Collectors
- Solar Collectors: 10 SunEarth 4'x 8' Flat Plate Collectors (EP-32)
- System Format: Solar pre-heated water
- Annual Energy Savings: 6,700 Therms
- Rated Power Output: 40.81ft2 * 56 = 2,285.36ft2 / 10.76 * 0.7 = 148.67kwh
The collaboration between Mission: Wolf, Metro Solar, and SunEarth exemplifies the power of sustainable energy solutions and their role in providing warmth and comfort to the refuge's extraordinary inhabitants. This case study showcases how a commitment to sustainability, education, and the environment has enabled Mission: Wolf to continue its crucial mission of connecting people with the wilderness while ensuring the well-being of the wolves under its care.