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Postal Service Installs 127 kW System

The United States Postal Service has dedicated the nation’s largest federal roof-integrated solar photovoltaic installation at its Marina Mail Processing and Distribution Center in Marina del Rey, California.

MARINA DEL REY, California – April 16, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The United States Postal Service has dedicated the nation’s largest federal roof-integrated solar photovoltaic installation at its Marina Mail Processing and Distribution Center in Marina del Rey, California. The 127 kilowatt system was built and installed by PowerLight Corporation of Berkeley, California, using solar panels produced at Siemens & Shell Solar manufacturing facility in Chatsworth, California. The system, which is capable of generating enough electricity to power 120 homes, will reduce the demand on California’s power grid and improve air quality by avoiding thousands of tons of polluting nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide emissions. The solar array, measuring 50 x 300 feet, produces clean power silently atop the roof of the postal facility, invisible to people on the ground and virtually maintenance free. A large portion of the project’s cost was co-funded by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) under its Solar Incentive Program, and the Department of Energy’s Distributed Energy Resources Program. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL), acting under an Inter-Agency Agreement with the U.S. Postal Service and on behalf of the DOE Federal Energy Management Program, provided key technical assistance on this project including guidance on site selection, system size and on the selection of technologies and contractors. In addition, LBNL assisted the USPS with applying for the rebates received by the project. Officiating at the dedication ceremony was the Postal Service’s Pacific Area Environmental Compliance Manager Ray Levinson, joined by Los Angeles City Council Member Ruth Galanter, State Senator Debra Bowen, Director of the Federal Energy Management Program Beth Shearer, LADWP’s General Manager David Wiggs and Director of Strategic Planning Angelina Galiteva, as well as officials from the Postal Service, California Energy Commission, California Environmental Protection Agency, Siemens & Shell Solar and PowerLight Corporation. “Installing solar photovoltaics in existing buildings and new construction is a sound, sensible way for us to use distributed energy resources to meet our Renewable Energy goals and minimize our impact on the environment,” said Beth Shearer. “We’re pleased that LADWP’s Solar Incentive Program helped facilitate this installation,” said LADWP General Manager David Wiggs. “Our programs are focused on making solar a mainstream energy source, available to all LADWP customers.” “LADWP’s Solar Incentive Program was designed to offer substantial cost reductions for solar power installations while encouraging local manufacturing and jobs,” said Angelina Galiteva. “The base incentive of $4.50 per watt was increased to $6 per watt for this project because the PowerLight solar system was manufactured in the city of Los Angeles at the new Siemens & Shell Solar Manufacturing Facility located in Chatsworth.”