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Toledo Museum Is State-of-the-Art at a Century Old

Solar panels and micro-turbines enable a historic art museum to reduce its electrical usage 79%.

After 20 years of green initiatives, The Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio has seen energy savings of hundreds of thousands of dollars and can boast that its 101-year-old Beaux Arts building recently went off the grid—in a temperate climate.

First steps

Carol Bintz, the building’s chief operating officer, said the projects “started slow,” with the museum replacing old boilers, chillers, and engine drives with “the most efficient products available on the market at that time,” back in 1992.

Published June 27, 2013

Pearson, C. (2013, June 27). Toledo Museum Is State-of-the-Art at a Century Old. Retrieved from