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Hancock Shaker Village: Powered by the Sun for Over 200 Years

 
 
Hancock Shaker Village: Powered by the Sun for Over 200 Years Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 1, 2018
1. Hancock Shaker Village: Powered by the Sun for Over 200 Years Marker
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Hancock Shaker Village installed this solar photovoltaic (pv) array in December 2009. Here is one sample pv panel for you to examine and touch (it is not connected to the array and will not harm you).

Throughout the Village there are many examples of ways in which the Shakers efficiently used what today we would call "green" or "sustainable" building and architectural features, and "renewable" or "alternative" energy.

See how many you can discover on your tour of the Village!
Here are examples to get you thinking:

"Borrowed light" in the Brick Dwelling (1830)
Windows placed on interior south-facing walls bring sunlight further into building, reducing the need for artificial lighting (minimizing the use of candles, oil lamps, and electricity). In addition, interior windows ensure better ventilation. Also note the woodstove placement at the center of the room and the long stove pipe; both provide more efficient heating.
ca. 1930s Collection of Hancock Shaker Village #1986-1320

Passive solar gain in the Brick Poultry House (1878)
The large number of south-facing windows provided heat and light in winter, keeping the Shakers' chickens healthy, and increasing egg production. The amount of passive solar energy gained from these windows during the winter

Hancock Shaker Village: Powered by the Sun for Over 200 Years Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 1, 2018
2. Hancock Shaker Village: Powered by the Sun for Over 200 Years Marker
heating season is equivalent to 6 barrels (252 gallons) of oil.
ca. 1915-1920 Collection of Hancock Shaker Village #1995-5821, album p. 12

Highlights
[Technical facts, not historical facts: not transribed]

 
Erected by Hancock Shaker Village.
 
Location. 42° 25.813′ N, 73° 20.377′ W. Marker is near Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in Berkshire County. Touch for map. Marker is on the photovoltaic field fence, along the entrance path to Hancock Shaker Village. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1843 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield MA 01201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hancock Shaker Village (within shouting distance of this marker); Shaker Color (within shouting distance of this marker); Sgt. Glenn R. Allison (approx. 4.3 miles away); Sergeant Edward J. Burns (approx. 4.3 miles away); Veteran of the Year (approx. 4.3 miles away); Roman Walter Sadlowski (approx. 4.3 miles away); Pittsfield Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.3 miles away); Pittsfield Soldiers Monument (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pittsfield.
 
Also see . . .
1. Hancock Shaker Village. (Submitted on June 14, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Solar Photovoltaic Technology Basics. (Submitted on June 14, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Man-Made Features
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 14, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 14, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 14, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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