May 22, 2014

Functional & Beautiful Solar Installation

  • TARTA engaged The Collaborative to develop a functional and eye-catching solar installation. The project hits two of The Collaborative’s soft spots, sustainable design and our hometown of Toledo. The design supports the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority’s commitment to alternative energies and a more progressive future.

  • Improving the public face at their central administration facility, the installation creates a visible icon of sustainability from nearby Central Avenue. The design team applied the delicateness of the nearby radio tower to the massing of the existing storage facility. Although a minimal investment, the decorative piece will improve the aesthetic of the busy corridor.

  • The Collaborative worked with the TARTA team to maximize the investment in solar energy, while allocating only a small portion of the budget to the aesthetic element. A 300 KW solar array will support TARTA’s long-term goal of achieving net zero energy. TARTA hopes to add additional solar panels as funding becomes available.

  • Currently in schematic design, The Collaborative is working with our engineering partners to define the design’s application. The next step will be board approval and implementation.