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Solar Power at Spring Lake Inn
Placement of the solar panels on the porch roof is unobtrusive.

Placement of the solar panels on the porch roof is unobtrusive.

Photo © Jackie Craven
Spring Lake Inn is a rambling, shingle-sided Victorian with enormous energy needs. The inn has a grand parlor and dining room with 12-foot ceilings. On the two upper floors are 16 spacious guest rooms. Located steps from the beach in Spring Lake, New Jersey, the inn is a popular summer getaway. However, the inn also maintains a thriving business during the winter months.

Because the inn operates year-round, both heating and cooling are essential. Rooms on the upper level can be especially challenging to cool in July and August.

Seeking ways to conserve costs and also protect the environment, innkeepers Andy and Barbara Seaman looked to the sun for low-cost, eco-friendly energy solutions.

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