Planet Fitness Inc. has partnered with Tampa-based Solar Energy Management to make its St. Petersburg, Fla., location a net-zero energy building, featuring a 179 kW solar project that provides 99.5% of the facility’s energy needs.
The fitness center operator says that it fully integrated a solar power canopy and solar roof system into the infrastructure of the 20,000-square-foot building, located at 5335 66th St. North.
As a result, the company expects that more than 5,600 tons of carbon dioxide will be eliminated – the equivalent of planting more than 130,000 trees. In addition to the solar power overhaul, Planet Fitness says it also upgraded the facility’s lighting to LED fixtures to further maximize energy efficiency.
“As a member of the St. Petersburg community, I am proud to be able to do our part in improving energy efficiency and contributing to a greener future,” comments Doug Kuiken, Planet Fitness franchisee. “We encourage everyone to check out the club and see exactly how much power is being produced by the solar panels using monitors available in the hallway.”
“We are extremely excited to celebrate our first solar-powered Planet Fitness location system-wide,” says Chris Rondeau, Planet Fitness’ CEO. “We are proud to support Doug’s work on this important initiative and always work closely with our franchise partners to support their enterprises, encourage innovation and reduce our environmental impact wherever possible.”
Scott McIntyre, CEO of Solar Energy Management, adds, “Having converted this building to zero energy will allow for significant energy savings for many years to come.”