TAMPA, Fla. - “Where the pavement meets the road” may soon be just an outdated expression if Freedom Harbor has anything to say about it.
Freedom Harbor, Hillsborough County, Florida is diligently looking for ways to make its upcoming Sportsplex, Medical Center and Resort Living Community a greener community, and is excited to announce that it is in talks with Solar Roadways, an innovative company that is designing a product that will utilize the energy source of the sun in conventional ways, just not in a conventional manner. Solar energy’s potential is off the chart. The energy in sunlight striking the earth for 40 minutes is equivalent to global energy consumption for a year. And Freedom Harbor may be the first location in the country to pave the way for this green product, using approximately eight hundred thousand (800,000) square feet on its roads, sidewalks, driveways and every surface possible to power its restaurants, hotel, sports facilities (2 ice rinks, Snow Village, Arena, Theatre, indoor and outdoor tennis, Cabletow water sports, 400 meter track and field, a second football field, Academy and dorms, and so much more), medical center and resort on this 123 acre site visible from I-75 at mm 247 (east).
The Solar Roadway is a series of structurally-engineered solar panels that can be used for sidewalks, parking lots and driven upon. The idea is to replace all current petroleum-based asphalt roads, parking lots, and driveways with Solar Road Panels that collect energy to be used by homes and businesses. The ultimate goal is to be able to store excess energy in or alongside the Solar Roadways. This renewable energy replaces the need for the current fossil fuels used for the generation of electricity. This, in turn, cuts greenhouse gases literally in half.
Years ago, when the phrase “Global Warming” began gaining popularity, Scott Brusaw and his wife Julie, started batting around the idea of replacing asphalt and concrete surfaces with solar panels that could be driven on. “Suppose we made a section of road out of this material and housed solar cells to collect energy, which could pay for the cost of the panel, thereby creating a road that would pay for itself over time. What if we added LEDs to “paint” the road lines from beneath, lighting up the road for safer night time driving? What if we added a heating element in the surface (like the defrosting wire in the rear window of our cars) to prevent snow/ice accumulation in northern climates?” The ideas and possibilities just continued to roll in and the Solar Roadway project was born.
Still in the R & D phase, Solar Roadways is diligently working to perfect the panels for safety and durability and hopes to be in production within the next two years. October 7, 2010 was another milestone day for Solar Roadways as they were awarded the very first GE Ecomagination Challenge Award for their innovative approach to providing energy solutions (www.ecomagination.com). This is perfect timing for Freedom Harbor, which anticipates opening within the next two to two and a half years.
Freedom Harbor has been gaining momentum with its recent affiliations with RCI (Wyndham Worldwide), who will work with Freedom Harbor Vacation Resorts; Suncoast Gymnastics and Suncoast Sports Festival; Stan Neckar, former NHL Stanley Cup pro who will head up the hockey camps and training facility; figure skating training and school by Olympian Michael Nemec (formerly with Disney On Ice); and Voda Sports who will offer a wide array of Cabletow sports, ranging from kneeboarding, wakeboarding to waterskiing. Additionally, Freedom Harbor has secured the backing of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, and is also in negotiations with Sports Facilities Advisory regarding the management of the Sportsplex; several tennis and basketball pros, Pop Warner football, an Olympic renowned track and field star and others.
Freedom Harbor, LLC is comprised of five principals, Rich Mozdzer, Developer, Debbie Reynolds, Dr. Frank Sirchia, Michael Nemec and Jakub Pilecky.
Leasing information as well as investment opportunities is available by contacting Developers Rich Mozdzer or Debbie Reynolds at the contact information below. If you would like more information, or to schedule an interview with either Rich Mozdzer or Debbie Reynolds, please refer to the contact information below or refer to our website at www.FreedomHarborLive.com. For more information on Solar Roadways, visit www.SolarRoadways.com or contact parties below.
(727-409-0253) or email: Rich@FreedomHarborLive.com
(813-215-7728) or email: Debbie@FreedomHarborLive.com
Scott Brusaw at Scott@SolarRoadways.com or
Julie Brusaw at Julie@SolarRoadways.com