Fla. Planet Fitness builds solar strength
Planet Fitness' St. Petersburg club solar panel installation became the first 24/7 Planet Fitness to be a net-zero energy building. Photo courtesy of Planet Fitness
Planet Fitness’ St. Petersburg, Fla., club has partnered with Solar Energy Management to become the first 24/7 Planet Fitness to be a net-zero energy building, the company announced.
The updated, energy efficient Planet Fitness is now 99.5 percent reliant on sustainable solar power.
Clean, renewable solar energy was incorporated into the building's redesign, which involved the placement of 179 kilowatts of solar panels to feed energy throughout its 20,000-square-foot location. The install featured a solar power canopy and solar roof system fully integrated into the building's infrastructure.
As a result, more than 5,600 tons of carbon dioxide will be eliminated, the equivalent to the planting of more than 130,000 trees, and the building's monthly energy bill will be reduced by 99 percent. In addition to the solar power overhaul, the fitness location also upgraded its lighting to LED fixtures to further maximize energy efficiency.
"Retrofitting the Planet Fitness location is truly a breakthrough and the first of its kind to provide affordable solar power in Florida," said Scott McIntyre, CEO of Solar Energy Management, based in Tampa. "Having converted this building to zero energy will allow for significant energy savings for many years to come.”
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