The Pelican Bay Foundation of Naples, Florida today unveiled their new solar/electric tram system from Eco Trans Alliance and Cruise Car to reduce their transportation carbon footprint by 11 tons of CO2 while providing over 800,000 rides to residents and visitors annually through PelicanBay's 43 acres of parks, recreation, beachfront and boardwalk facilities. Each new Solar/Electric Tram in the system features an Eco Trans Alliance 460 watt on-board Solar Charging System, which annually produces over 400 kWh of electricity per tram directly from the sun. Each Solar/Electric tram reduces PelicanBay's carbon footprint by over 500 pounds of CO2 annually and replacing the entire fleet with approximately 40 Trams will result in a net carbon abatement of over 22,000 pounds of CO2 annually.
Naples & Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) October 20, 2010 – The Pelican Bay Foundation, Inc. today inaugurated the conversion of their resident transportation tram system to Solar/Electric vehicles from Eco Trans Alliance of Sarasota, Florida. The Pelican Bay transportation system provides residents and visitors to Pelican Bay, one of Florida's premier beachfront communities with over 800,000 rides annually and an average tram logs 25,000 miles a year throughout the Foundation’s 43 acres of parks, recreation areas, beachfront facilities and boardwalks. The new Solar/Electric Tram system features an Eco Trans Alliance (http://www.EcoTransAlliance.com) 460 watt on-board Solar Charging System on each new tram, which will annually produce over 400 kWh of electricity per tram directly from the sun.
The Pelican Bay Foundation continues to demonstrate leadership in preserving the natural environment of the community by converting to the Solar/Electric Trams. Each Solar/Electric tram reduces Pelican Bay's carbon footprint by over 500 pounds of CO2 annually and replacing the entire fleet with approximately 40 Trams will result in a net carbon abatement of over 22,000 pounds of CO2 annually.
“We look forward to effectively using the sun to power our transportation system and continue our ongoing initiative to reduce impact on, and preserve the tranquility and beauty of, Pelican Bay,” said Pelican Bay Foundation Chairman Bill Carpenter. “Eco Trans Alliance provided a comprehensive solution and migration plan and made a clear and compelling rationale for our conversion to solar.”
"We applaud Pelican Bay Foundation for its demonstrated leadership in sustainability practices. Pelican Bay has always been ahead of the curve with its approach to environmental affairs so there is no surprise that they would utilize the sun's natural energy to power their Tram System. We are pleased to have had our solar charging systems evaluated and chosen for this important implementation," said Greg Hyde, Special Projects Manager for Eco Trans Alliance.
Travis Fealy, Pelican Bay Foundation’s Transportation Director, sourced the solar solution to reduce energy costs and expand the Foundation’s ongoing conservation efforts. “It’s a natural win-win for us,” stated Mr. Fealy. “First, given our latitude, Naples is an excellent location for any solar implementation. Second, Eco Trans Alliance offers a unique and mobile solar solution for powering our tram system that not only reduces grid electric charging expense but also extends tram battery life. The roof-mounted solar panels generate over 400 kilowatt hours of power per tram per year, which is going to add up to significant power savings for us. In addition we will reduce our total carbon footprint for transportation by over eleven tons of CO2 annually.”
About Pelican Bay
Pelican Bay is a premier mixed-use beach-front community comprised of residential living, hotels, shopping centers, office buildings, church, community parks, and the Philharmonic Center for the Arts located directly on the Gulf of Mexico. The Pelican Bay Foundation maintains the common facilities of Pelican Bay and preserves the facilities and privacy of Foundation-owned properties, including over 43 acres of parks and recreation areas as well as beachfront facilities and boardwalks.
Situated alongside two and one-half miles of pristine white sand beaches with a backdrop of native Florida mangroves, Pelican Bay is a private community located just north of Naples, FL. Developed by Westinghouse in the early 1970’s, actual construction started in 1979. The community now over 25 years old was built from the south end to the north and comprises 93 residential condominium and homeowner associations. Pelican Bay is also home to seventeen commercial entities, including the Philharmonic Center for the Arts, the Ritz-Carlton, Waterside Shops (currently anchored by Saks, and soon Nordstrom’s), numerous restaurants, retail shops, banks, office buildings, two additional hotels, a grocery store, a county park, county beach access points with parking (both surface, as well as a garage), a church, and all three emergency service providers.
The Foundation, which is the master homeowners’ association representing all of the above, also operates two beach restaurant complexes; two tennis complexes; a community center housing a fitness center, education/enrichment rooms, and function rooms; a tram transportation system; an extensive beach furniture amenity; and canoeing, sailing, and beach fitness facilities. The Foundation owns over 80 acres of land providing for the above, 2 leisure parks, and over 2.5 miles of berm paths and boardwalks.
Pelican Bay was the creation of Coral Ridge Properties, a subsidiary of Westinghouse Corp. The 2330 plus acres with 3 plus miles of pristine gulf frontage was purchased from Barron Collier of the Collier family in 1972. Originally referred to as Clam Bay, it was renamed in 1974 to Pelican Bay. It started as a joint venture with Collier Company, but by 1980 Coral Ridge Properties bought out Collier, renamed the company Westinghouse Communities of Naples and began to transform the land into one of the most unique communities of Naples. http://www.PelicanBay.org
About Eco Trans Alliance LLC & Cruise Car Inc.
Eco Trans Alliance LLC and Cruise Car Inc. partner to lead in the rapidly expanding global electric vehicle market. Specializing in Low Speed Vehicle (LSV) solutions, Eco Trans Alliance develops and markets Sunray Solar Tops for LSV’s as well as solar charging stations. Cruise Car engineers and builds the All American line of low speed vehicles in multiple configurations to meet the needs of resorts, campuses, government and military installations. Cruise Car incorporates the Sunray Solar Tops into all of its transportation offerings to provide for extended driving range and off-grid functionality. The Cruise Car All American’s are made in the United States and combine lightweight aluminum construction with state of the art solar technology to maximize ROI and driving distances between charges while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. They are reliable and rustproof with all parts interchangeable and available worldwide for optimum fleet operational efficiency. http://www.EcoTransAlliance.com & http://www.CruiseCarInc.com are based in Sarasota, Florida.