Renewable energy company, Monarch Power, has announced plans to build a “Solar Wonderland” in Phoenix, Arizona, that would produce a gigawatt of clean energy annually.
Solar Wonderland is an energy amusement park where students can learn about energy through rides, 3D video, and hands-on experimentation.
"I am creating fun rides such as 'Maglev Back to the Future,' 'Dr. Frankenstein in the Tesla Tower,' 'Gravity,' 'Alice in the Optics Wonderland,' and 'The Heat is On' to teach our kids about the forces of magnetism, electricity, gravity, as well as the physics of light and heat," said Dr. Joe Hui, CEO and founder of Monarch Power Corp., and professor emeritus at Arizona State University.”
The facility will include lightweight carbon fiber-based solar panels that provides electricity and hot water. The panels in the Lotus Garden will track the sun’s rays throughout the day.
"These Lotus solar panel systems work independently of your power company. You can add battery storage so home users can have electricity when disaster strikes," Dr. Hui said. "These small systems cost in the low thousands, and with generous federal and state subsidy, they pay for themselves in 3 years. After that, all electricity and hot water generated is free!"
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