The Valley of the Sun is quickly raising awareness about the power of solar and residents, businesses, schools, and even professional sports teams are doing their part to power this state with solar energy. Here are a few examples of solar power being implemented in different areas around the state:
Diamondbacks Chase Field
At Chase Field, a new solar array has been constructed outside of the building, providing customers shade while buying their ticket and electric car charging stations and battery storage. These solar panels were built in order to reduce the amount of energy that the stadium used, so now baseball fans can watch the game and go green while doing it.
Anzio Landing in Mesa has become the first fully solar powered restaurant in Arizona. One of the main attractions of this restaurant is the solar powered covered parking. This family restaurant wanted to do what they could to reduce their impact on the environment and lower their energy bill—and they did just that. Their $1.3 million dollars in energy savings makes them a energy leader in the restaurant industry.
Buckeye Elementary School District
What better way to teach students about green energy than by using it in their schools? The solar panels used in every school in the district will cover approximately 70% of districts energy usage. The solar panels will be used mainly on the covered parking areas, but Buckeye Elementary will be having panels installed on the roof as well.
White Stallion Dude Ranch
One of the places you would expect to exclude solar is a ranch, but the White Stallion Dude Ranch in Tucson is now powering 30-40% of their facility with solar. The ranch plans to expand their energy efforts and turn their ranch into an eco-paradise for ranch lovers.
Arizona State University
ASU has gone above and beyond when it comes to researching and implementing renewable energy right on campus. Faculty, as well as students, are becoming involved in this movement. Research labs, clubs, and initiatives like ASU Lightworks are all working together to spread the news about renewable energy and powering our Earth from the sun.
From installing solar panels in several buildings on campus to hosting presentations to educate others about sustainability, ASU is doing everything to become the face of solar in Arizona.