Solar Cost Goes Down, Solar Panels Go Up In Climbing Gyms

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Climbing gyms all over the country are building better facilities when it comes to wall design, floor plan and flow. They’re also building more sustainable buildings with the help of roof top solar panels. Here’s a quick look a few notable examples:

 
In Golden, Colorado Earth Treks put up 200 solar panels that are producing more than 61 KW of peak power (or 7200 KW hours monthly). Their efforts even won an award from the city of Golden.

Earth Treks - Golden roof top solar. Photo: ET
Earth Treks – Golden roof top solar. Photo: ET

Also in Colorado is Movement Climbing located in Boulder which put up enough solar to cover 80% of their usage and in their Denver location they added 170 kW solar panels.

Movement Climbing roof top solar panels. Photo: Movement.
Movement Climbing roof top solar panels. Photo: Movement.

The Front Climbing Club went “green” in 2010 with their new solar panels which are updated daily on their website.

The Front Climbing solar output graphic.
The Front Climbing solar output graphic.

Upper Limits in downtown St. Louis installed roof top solar panes to provide electricity for their operations. In the first 8 months alone, the solar panels produced over 22,200 kW of electricity, which is the equivalent to the amount of energy it takes to power 171.11 computers for 1 year or the pollution an average passenger car emits over 6.72 years.

Solar atop Upper Limits. Photo: Upper Limits.
Solar atop Upper Limits. Photo: Upper Limits.