Lookout Mountain attraction Rock City adds solar canopy to highlight green energy

Staff photo by Troy Stolt / Rock City President & CEO Susan Harris speaks during a Press Conference to announce the installation of a solar-powered arbor pavilion that will reduce energy consumption and enhance sustainability educational opportunities at Rock City. on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 in Lookout Mountain, Georgia.

A Lookout Mountain attraction famous for its overlook of seven states is also looking upward to the sun to help power its operation.

Rock City on Friday unveiled a new solar canopy at its entrance designed to capture the sun for electricity generation and offer shade to visitors coming into the nearly 90-year-old complex of trails, restaurants, entertainment and Mother Goose Village. The addition of the solar panels atop a new garden gathering area comes just two weeks before Rock City opens its annual Garden of Lights for the Christmas holidays and should help highlight and educate visitors on the natural appeal and potential of solar energy.

"Guests will be able to see sustainability in action when they visit Rock City," said Susan Harris, president and CEO of See Rock City.