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Garage solar array embraces innovative use of public property

The solar energy collection system on the Avenue Parking Garage, one of the largest municipal arrays in Illinois, continues to provide power to the structure and return excess green power to the grid.

The modules were installed on the roof of the garage in spring 2012 using an innovative mounting system of 50 tons of galvanized steel and extruded aluminum rails that allow the array to integrate seamlessly with the garage support structure. The system is wired directly to the garage’s main electrical distribution center to deliver power to the entire facility, including offices, lighting, elevators, gates and ticket-issuing machines.

So far, the array has reduced C02 emissions by almost 200 tons, the equivalent of planting nearly 5,000 trees and saving more than 22,000 gallons of gasoline. The project was funded primarily by a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

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