St. Petersburg will use a $2.4 million federal grant to install solar panels at 18 of the city's parks and recreational sites, officials said Tuesday.
The project, called Sunlit City Parks, will not only save the city energy costs but also serve as an education program about solar energy.
The systems will be installed at 18 parks, including one with a battery storage system at Walter Fuller Recreational Center. One will also be at the Educational Innovation Center, formerly known as the Science Center of Pinellas County.
Educational kiosks will be placed outside many of the installations so visitors can see how much electricity is being produced and consumed.
The Educational Innovation Center will also have signs and information to help educate the public about solar energy.
"With the city of St. Petersburg recognized in the Guinness book of world records for having the most consecutive days of sunlight, it seemed fitting that we participate in this pilot program," said Mayor Bill Foster. The program "is another example of how St. Petersburg continues to demonstrate leadership in environmentally sustainable best practices and long-term reduction in operational costs."