Lakewood Ranch-based Willis A. Smith Construction Sept. 4 has helped Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium improve its energy efficiency.
Willis A. Smith donated one system of 126 photovoltaic panels, valued at about $115,000. The product was installed by RegionSolar, which obtained a rebate for nearly half the cost.
The 2,310-square-foot, 30.2-kilowatt solar-power system, which is being mounted on the southern roof of Mote’s Ann and Alfred Goldstein Marine Mammal Research and Rehabilitation Center, will start capturing solar energy this month to supplement electrical power at Mote’s nationally recognized hospitals for dolphins, small whales and sea turtles.
Local donor and solar-energy supporter Jim Lampl donated a second 30.2-kilowatt system to supplement power at Mote Aquaculture Park (MAP) — the lab’s environmentally responsible fish farm and research facility in eastern Sarasota County.
Mote is launching its new Sustainable Energy Initiative this month.
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2 Spring Women's Conference with nat'l recording artist, Candy Pfeifer
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
2 2nd annual Glow Run
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
9 2nd annual DeBartolo Family Foundation All-In For ALS Casino Night
17 Women on Wheels 100
I-75 funding axed from state budget
The state Legislature has eliminated a proposal for $100 million in transportation funding from the budget. FDOT planned to use some of the money for improvements to Interstate 75 at University Parkway.
FDOT promotes public transportation with free bus rides
As part of the FDOT's attempt to boost public transportation, Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) and Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) will not charge fares for fixed route services Friday, April 25.
Southbound I-75 ramp blocked
The southbound on ramp at the at mile marker 191 in Venice is blocked.