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Sarasota Community Radio Sets Sights on the Sun

May 07, 2014 07:24PM

Sarasota’s Community Radio Station, WSLR 96.5 LPFM, is aiming to put the “Sun” in the Suncoast by being the state’s first solar powered community radio station.

Through the station’s “Here Comes the Sun” campaign, listeners and supporters of renewable energy can help WSLR and the adjacent Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center install a 5 kilowatt system on their roof, located at 525 Kumquat Court in Sarasota. The solar powered system will consist of 22 panels that will enable the station to function in an emergency grid down situation.

“Solar power will enable WSLR to do our part for the environment,” says station manager Dave Beaton. “One third of our energy will now becoming from a clean source, the sun. No fossil fuels, oil, gas or coal will be needed. We hope to be an example of what can be done in Florida, which ranks 17th in solar capacity but 3rd in sunshine.”

All donations to WSLR and to the Here Comes the Sun campaign are tax deductible. To donate or to learn more, please call 941- 894-6469 or visit

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