Pennsylvania Trolley Museum

Contact information

 

Business Name: Pennsylvania Trolley Museum
Address: 1 Museum Road, Washington, PA 15301
Phone: 724-228-9256
Email: ptm@pa-trolley.org
Website: https://pa-trolley.org/

 

System details

Size: 36 kW
Installer: S.E. Schultz Electric
Purchasing Power Since: 2010

Who we are

The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum’s mission is to communicate the story of Pennsylvania’s Trolley Era to a diverse audience through the preservation, interpretation, and use of its collection of electric railway and railroad equipment, associated artifacts and photo/document archives, and to ensure that its visitors have an enjoyable and rewarding educational experience.

 

Why we went solar

An important part of the Trolley Era story is the growth of the electric power industry. Producing electricity from the sun is a natural progression of that story and this project will help us to demonstrate the importance of solar power to our visitors, which include many school children. This project was the first in North America to showcase solar-powered electric transit vehicles.

Benefits of going solar

The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum’s electricity costs are lowered by as much as $5,000 per year, allowing it to use those avoided costs for its public programming. The project has received a Penn Future “Green Power Award” and an Institutional Honorable Mention Award from PA Museums.

 

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