Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
Where: Dallas, TX
Dedication Date: July 12, 2012
Donation Type: Solar-powered Trams
Size: 6 Trams
Claim to Fame: First Mobile Solar Donations
The sprawling 66 acres of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden now shine a little brighter thanks to the addition of six new solar-powered trams donated by the Sun Club. The dedication took place amongst the striking Chihuly glass sculptures on exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum and was attended by local Sun Club members, as well as 900+ attendees of the popular Concerts at the Arboretum series.
The six trams have solar panels installed on their roofs and are part of a fleet of carts that transport visitors who need assistance getting around the Dallas Arboretum. Volunteers drive the trams and guide visitors through the grounds, making sure every visitor has a memorable experience at the famous outdoor attraction. The three larger trams were fitted with 460-watt (W) solar arrays which collect enough energy from the sun to power the cart with renewable energy for 10 miles at a time, while the three smaller trams utilize 190-W arrays and can run about 7 miles between charges. With these trams, the Dallas Arboretum offers a mode of transportation that reflects its commitment to sustainability while uniquely showcasing and educating visitors on renewable energy.