Solar panels installed on Cooper-Young trestle sculpture
Cooper Street’s trademark trestle art is now twinkling thanks to the power of the sun.
Solar panels on the 13-year-old illuminated metal sculpture, which depicts architecture found in Cooper-Young, were installed Tuesday. the lights will need a full day’s sun tomorrow to reach full power.
The installation followed a months-long campaign by neighborhood resident Daniel Atlas and the Cooper-Young Community Association to make the landmark sculpture more energy efficient. LED light bulbs, which use less energy than standard bulbs, were installed by CY contractor Schwartz Electric in February. The solar panels were the final phase in the restoration.
Proceeds from April’s Art for Art’s Sake Auction, plus donations from businesses and residents in Cooper-Young, paid for the project’s estimated $10,000 cost.
CYCA leaders are hopeful that the solar panels and LED bulbs will lower the trestle art’s utility bill of about $75 a month, perhaps to the point that MLGW will send the group a refund for producing electricity.
The Cooper-Young Trestle Solar Project is made possible through generous support from the Cooper-Young Business Association, Frank and Sue Guarino, InBalance Fitness, Memphis Animal Clinic, Midtown Massage and Bodywork and many caring and passionate community donors, the CYCA said.