This month, we’re breaking ground two PowerParasol® structures at KOA’s campground in Tucson, Arizona. When construction is complete, visitors will be able to camp, gather and even build campfires under our patented solar shade structures.
The two, 30-foot high PowerParasols will give visitors room to park RVs in 30 campsites, and the dappled light created by our patented design will let plants and the campground’s famous fruit trees to thrive under the structure, where families can camp, gather and barbeque, even during the heat of the Arizona summers. The height and unique design of PowerPrasol preserves views of the mountains and desert landscape and creates an open, airy space.
For KOA, adding the PowerParasol is all about customer service.
“Our customer’s tell us they want green camping facilities, and these elegant structures create a huge area of shade and produce clean energy,” says Pat Hittmeier, president of KOA. “We believe the PowerParasol will enhance visitors’ experience, improve customer engagement and make the camping experience much more comfortable for our campers, especially in the summer months.”
The campground’s two PowerParasol structures will include 3,500 solar panels with the capacity to generate a megawatt of DC power. In the first year, they will produce an estimated 1.75 million kilowatt hours of energy, enough to power more than 150 homes. The campground will use the energy produced by PowerParasol to power its facilities and give visitors access to green energy, and any excess generation will be integrated into the local utility grid, bringing another source of solar power to the community.
Our KOA installation is one more example of how PowerParasol takes solar off the rooftop, out of solar farms and into the community, where it can enhance the land it’s built on and generate clean energy without increasing our solar’s environmental footprint. Beyond that, we’re seeing these unique structures transform public spaces, improve traffic and customer satisfaction and allow businesses to visibly communicate their commitment to the environment.