Largest Solar Install on Illinois Institution

U-Anchor Picked for Largest Solar Installation on Illinois Cultural Institution – 1st of Shedd Aquarium’s steps in clean energy plan include U-Anchor, U2800-Coatings™

Solar Panels Installed on Chicago aquarium. Anchor Product’s U2800-Coatings™ rooftop attachments were installed on a 913-panel Photovoltaic solar project at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium’s marine mammal pavilion. The 264-kilowatt project will generate 310,000 kilowatt-hours per year and is the largest solar installation at a cultural institution in Illinois. “The U-Anchor helped increase the speed of the installation and will provide a high level of wind resistance for a main attraction in the Windy City,” said Joel Stanley, President of Anchor Products. The $1.1 million solar electric power generation system was funded through public and private partnerships to power the aquarium’s emergency power backup system.

U2800-Coatings was used to fasten the solar panels to the aquarium roof, protecting it from the cold and snow and preventing roof leaks. The U2800 consists of a weatherized steel plate fastened over the existing roof and flashed in using the roofing industry standard three course coating detail. Schletter FixZ rails were used to attach the solar panels and U2800 as the rooftop attachment . “We were able to get larger uplift resistance using the attachments,” said Peter Rienks of Inovateus Solar, the solar integrator for the project.

The new Photovoltaic panels are the first stage of Shedd’s Master Energy Roadmap, which was announced in January. The energy initiative’s goal is to cut Shedd’s energy consumption from other sources of electricity in half by 2020 and eventually make it the nation’s first clean energy-powered cultural institution. The long term goal of the Master Energy Roadmap is to save 10 million kilowatts of electricity annually or enough to power 750 households. “Protecting and preserving the living world is at the heart of Shedd Aquarium and we understand that conservation and sustainability begin at home in the aquarium,” said Ted A. Beattie, Shedd President and CEO. “We’re grateful for the generous support from our public and private partners to help Shedd be among the first cultural institutions to adopt a comprehensive clean energy model.”