Giant Solar Structures Shade Campground

June 23, 2015 By Linda Hardesty

KOA After PowerParasolA patented solar shade structure – the PowerParasol – will shade more than an acre of the KOA’s campground in Tucson, Arizona. The two architectural, 30-foot-high structures give visitors room to park RVs in 30 campsites. A patented design creates dappled light, allowing plants and the campground’s famous fruit trees to thrive. Families can camp and even barbeque under the structures, while the height preserves views of the mountains and desert landscape and still provides shade.

The campground’s two PowerParasol structures from Strategic Solar Energy will include 3,500 solar panels with the capacity to generate one MW of DC power. In the first year, they will produce an estimated 1.75 million kWh.

The campground will use the energy produced by PowerParasol to power its facilities, and any excess generation will be integrated into the local utility grid.

Construction on the KOA project is set to begin in late June and should be complete in late October.

Artist’s rendering: courtesy of Debartolo Architects

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