“These solar systems have transformed the area. Solar panels help cool down Arizona State’s Memorial Union plaza during hot months. You’ll see people singing, talking, eating — It’s become a vibrant social gathering place.”
– Gerry Darosa, Director of Energy Innovations at Arizona State University

Memorial Union at Arizona State University

The Memorial Union project consists of two PowerParasol solar shade structure covering the busiest and most trafficked pedestrian mall at ASU adjacent to Student MU and Hayden Library. The project demonstrates the space transforming feature of PowerParasol, covering pedestrian mall areas to provide shaded space for students, faculty and visitors to gather while providing renewable energy for the university.


  • 397 kW DC with 1,380 photovoltaic solar panels
  • 35,840 sq. ft. covered by structure (0.82 acres)

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