Jan 19, 2012 9:40 AM
TUCSON - Trisports.com is a well known shop for cyclists and athletes alike. Four years ago, the owners, Debbie and Seton Claggett, made a promise to be as earth friendly as possible.
Recently, they turned that promise into a reality by going solar.
"We are a solar city and it's going to be really great for our community," Seton said.
Their store is the first of its kind in the United States to be using the sun for almost all of its energy. The system they installed is a 128 kilowatt system, which consists of two solar panels in their parking lot, and one on their roof. For Seton, investing in the system was a no brainer.
"It's everybody's responsibility to do this. To do something to make progress towards sustainability in your own life."
They will now save over 18,000 pounds of coal from being burned each month and over 41, 000 pounds of co2 from entering the atmosphere. Debbie Claggett says that every bit helps.
"Even though it's just one building in one town, if we could all do that, it would have such a cummulative effect on this planet."
Additionally, Trisports.com has switched to energy efficient lighting and harvests their own water.
"On an average year, we get about 110 thousand gallons in those tanks," Seton said.
Now their goal is to inspire other companies to do the same.
"It makes me excited and thrilled that maybe we can be an example for other shops throughout the country."
For more information on Trisports.com, check out their website.
For more information on Technicians for Sustainability, the local company that installed the system, go to http://tfssolar.com/