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Inn brings solar energy to backcountry
Len Foote Hike Inn solar pic
A new solar photovoltaic array has been installed at the Len Foote Hike Inn near Amicalola Falls. The system converts light directly to electricity and supplies nearly 70 percent of the inn's electricity needs. - photo by For the Dawson County News
Brighter days are ahead for the Len Foote Hike Inn, an environmentally sustainable wilderness lodge in the north Georgia mountains, thanks to a newly installed “Above the Grid” solar project that supplies nearly 70 percent of the inn’s electricity needs. Officials say the project will educate thousands of guests annually about the value of sustainable, environmental practices. For 18 years the Hike Inn, accessible for its guests only by hiking five miles from a trailhead at Amicalola Falls State Park, has encouraged wilderness recreation and environmental education.