Milwaukee museum may replace marble with solar panels
The Milwaukee Public Museum may get solar panels on its south-facing facade.
The Milwaukee Public Museum may get a shiny new appearance under a plan to replace the marble exterior on the building’s south side with solar panels.
The marble that coats the 8-story tower of the museum is deteriorating. After studying replacement options, including glass and facade panels that would resemble the existing marble, the museum recommended the south wall’s exterior be lined with 234 solar panels. The north side of the square tower would be recoated with facade panels.
The construction work, including improving the building envelop in the tower to better insulate it from the elements, would cost $1.2 million, according to a report from HGA Architects and Engineers prepared for the museum. Energy savings from the solar panels is expected to exceed the additional cost of construction by $300,000 over 30 years.
The design calls for Milwaukee-based manufacturer Helios USA to produce the solar panels for the project.
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