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Solar Canopy Featured in KC Solar Tour

On Friday, September 7, the solar canopy at Travois was featured during a free workshop hosted by the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership and the Mid-America Regional Council.

The workshop aimed at informing the public about the relevance and affordability of solar power energy applications in the residential and commercial markets. Topics discussed included “…best practices, practical implementation information, and case study examples…”

Travois’ solar canopy, pioneered and designed by Solar and Wind KC, is a 75-kilowatt system that is expected to generate about 90,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year. The canopy design is unique in that it was strategically retrofitted atop the 80-year-old building’s existing support columns, as the roof was already at its structural weight limit. The canopy also provides for a shaded outdoor living area on the Travois rooftop with spectacular views of downtown Kansas City. The “floating” deck is currently under construction with Solar and Wind KC sister-company, Homoly Construction.

Speaking on behalf of Travois, Chairman David Bland spoke to an audience of about 80 people about the company’s decision to utilize solar power at their facility. Travois finances housing and economic development in Indian Country throughout the United States.

Paraphrasing Bland’s speech, he emphasized that Travois is now net-zero due to the electricity produced from their solar array and commented that the company hopes to finance solar installations at their client sites in the future.

To read more about the tour, Travois Solar, and other tour sites, click here.

To see the Academy for Sustainable Communities’ coverage of the event, click here.


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