(TUCSON, Ariz.) – From Monday, June 13 until Saturday, July 30, two solar panel covered parking structures will be installed at the Nanini Library, making half of the parking lot unavailable for use.
The project will result in a total of 76 covered parking spots and, when complete, will offer extensive benefits:
- Generate 80% of the building's power.
- Help save 587,000 gallons of water annually.
- Provide CO2 savings equal to 178 new trees.
- Offset 5,334 tons of carbon produced from electric power generation.
The project, which will be complete by December 31, 2016, is a partnership between Solon, a locally based solar company and their investors, Tucson Electric Power and Pima County at no cost to the County or taxpayers.
In addition to the Nanini Library and the Pima County Sheriff's substation at 7300 N. Shannon Rd., the Pima Animal Care Center, the Coroner's Office, the Pima Air and Space Museum, and Sporting Chance will also receive solar structures.
Since several trees will be removed to make room for the structure, an equal amount of trees will be donated to the nonprofit environmental advocacy organization, Tucson Clean and Beautiful to offset the loss.
During construction, if the available parking lot spots are full, customers may park along the north side of the road leading into the parking lot. There is no parking available on the south side of the road.
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