Solar energy firm Solar Alternatives has installed a 32.56-kW solar system at Marigny Opera House, a performing arts and special events center in New Orleans.
The solar system, consisting of 88 panels arranged across two south-facing roof planes, has been designed to maintain the aesthetic of the venue, the company says.
The system can generate megawatt-hours of renewable electricity annually and is expected to save the opera house $6,200 in the first year and over $257,000 over its 30-year lifetime, the project partners say.
“As a community arts venue and institution, we aim to operate responsibly and sustainably,” said Evan Hammond, General Manager at Marigny Opera House. “This solar array will allow the Opera House to save money, become more self-reliant, and set an example in the fight against the climate crisis. This is the largest step, among some other operational changes, towards the ultimate goal of net-zero operation.”
“The Opera House is a great example of how preservation and clean energy can be compatible and also enhance the financial security of our most valued arts communities,” said Jeffrey Cantin, Founder and President of Solar Alternatives. “Marigny Opera House has shown its leadership on climate change, renewable energy, and sustainability with this groundbreaking investment.”
Solar Alternatives is a New Orleans-based solar power and microgrid design-build firm, providing solar and battery backup engineering, installation, and maintenance for commercial and residential facilities. It serves clients across Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.