Clearwater Marine Aquarium installs 250 kWac solar panels


Clearwater Marine Aquarium — in collaboration with Duke Energy — has installed 250 kWac solar photovoltaic panels for Florida customers.

The Dolphin Solar Canopy is located on the top floor of Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s parking garage. The 665 solar panels will provide shade for vehicles parked beneath it and will produce enough clean energy to effectively replace carbon emissions created from burning the equivalent of over 313,000 pounds of coal each year.

Duke Energy also installed four Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations on the second floor of CMA’s parking garage. CMA guests, staff, interns and volunteers are able to use the charging stations for their EV needs.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium opened its $80 million expansion in 2020 including a 1.5 million-gallon habitat for resident bottlenose dolphins Hope, Apollo, PJ, Nicholas and Hemingway.