The Miami Science Barge (Barge) in Florida, a 3,600 square foot barge docked in the Museum Park in Biscayne Bay, was designed to focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education and sustainability initiatives. JinkoSolar donated 16.9kW of PV modules for Barge’s construction, allowing it to function completely off the grid.
The Barge is a floating marine lab and environmental education center. JinkoSolar’s high-efficiency modules will operate with a 75kWh battery set abroad the Barge to save over US$1,000 electricity bill every year, ensuring the Barge's programs to be provided free to those with limited financial means.
"The Miami Science Barge embodies sustainability and solar panels are a critical part of our identity,” said Nathalie Manzano, Director of the Miami Science Barge. “We are one of the few places in South Florida where the public are able to see solar energy at work and learn about how the Sunshine State should be a leader in harvesting this amazing renewable resource.”
Sonnedix USA Services donated solar inverters for the project along with engineering support. It also coordinated the donation of energy storage equipment from Pittsburgh, PA based Aquion Energy.
"The Miami Science Barge team is thankful to JinkoSolar, Sonnedix, and Aquion Energy for donating the solar energy system which we depend on to provide reliable, constant energy to keep our plants and animals alive," added Manzano.
(Photo Credit: Miami Science Barge)