Green America: Growing the Green Economy for People and the Planet

Sky Bar
Tucson, AZ

Sky Bar opened in 2009 and became 100-percent solar powered by 2010, making it the only solar-powered bar on planet Earth. Together with its sister restaurant Brooklyn Pizza Company, Sky Bar has about 300 solar panels providing all of its electricity needs. Since the solar system was installed it has produced over 750 megawatt hours of electricity, enough to fully power both businesses, and even return a small amount to the grid.

Sky Bar customers also benefit from the solar panels as they double as parking lot shade, which is a big energy saver in the Arizona’s summer heat.  The bar also uses rain collectors to recycle water and maintain all of the plants on the premises - Tucson is located in a desert after all - though all plant choices are also native to Arizona and require less water. 

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