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Courthouse Meets LEED Standards with PV

[RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Massachusetts-based Spire has commissioned a 110 kW photovoltaic (PV) system for the new Domestic Violence Courthouse in Cook County Illinois. The courthouse will be the County’s first flagship Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified “green” building, and the PV system is designed to supply over five percent of the building’s electricity demand. Campbell Tiu Campbell Architects of Chicago were the project architects for the Courthouse, and Sieben Energy Associates were the LEED consultants. The PV system will be one of the largest in the Midwest, and should provide the equivalent of electrical energy used yearly by approximately 20 Chicago homes. In addition to Cook County’s funding, the PV system was supported by ComEd and a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation.