National Solar Parks Project Debut in Sunshine City

C&K assisted Affiliated Engineers SE to achieve successful results in this USDE Solar Energy project described in the press excerpts below.

Tampa Bay Business Journal: City officials, contractors and special guest Jason Walsh of the U.S. Department of Energy demonstrated the new “Sunlit City Parks” initiative and educational program at J.W. Cate Recreation Center in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.

MSNBC: St. Petersburg will use a $2.4 million federal grant to install solar panels at 18 of the city’s parks and recreational sites, officials said Tuesday. The project, called Sunlit City Parks, will not only save the city energy costs but also serve as an education program about solar energy.

 City of St Petersburg Press Release: “The project includes installation of interconnected solar photovoltaic panels at 18 city parks and recreational sites, including one recreational center with a battery storage system. Also included is the Educational Innovation Center (EIC), formerly known as the Science Center of Pinellas County which serves as the educational partner for the project. Educational kiosks complement many of the installations so visitors can review the amount of electricity being produced by time of day, weather and other factors.”

Tampa Bay Online: “With the city of St. Petersburg recognized in the Guinness book of world records for having the most consecutive days of sunlight, it seemed fitting that we participate in this pilot program,” said Mayor Bill Foster. The program “is another example of how St. Petersburg continues to demonstrate leadership in environmentally sustainable best practices and long-term reduction in operational costs.” 

I Love The Burg: The U.S. Green Building Council – Florida Gulf Coast presented Mayor Bill Foster the award for “Municipality of the Year,” as well as for “Outstanding Green Government” for the city’s work and commitment in building LEED-certified buildings and implementing green initiatives.

Partners in the project include the city of St. Petersburg, U.S. Department of Energy, the Education and Innovation Center, Progress Energy, Brighthouse Networks, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Affiliated Engineers, SE, Inc., and LEMA Construction.