Some the most famous buildings around the world have made the switch to solar and installed solar PV panels. These iconic and important places recognize the many environmental benefits as well as the economic advantages of running off of solar power. Think you know which locations made the list? Read on to find out!
Famous Buildings with Photovoltaic Systems
White House, Washington D.C.
The White House has gone green! It is interesting to note that solar panels were first installed on the White House in 1979 under president Carter. However, the PV panels were removed when Ronald Reagan took office in 1981. President Barack Obama ordered solar panels to be re installed in 2010 along with a solar heater. The solar installation was completed in 2013 and symbolizes the USA’s dedication to the advancement of sustainable energy.
The Vatican, Vatican City
The Vatican is doing its part to combat climate change. Not only were photovoltaic panels installed, but Vatican City is considered to be the first ever ‘solar nation-state’ after spending $660 million to install enough solar panels to power all 40,000 of the country’s households.
Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
Arguably one of the most recognized and iconic buildings in the world, the Eiffel Tower was fitted with solar panels in 2013 to become a more environmentally friendly structure.The power produced by the solar panels heat half of the hot water used in the Eiffel Tower. Solar energy also helps power the 20,000 light bulbs that illuminate the tower every night.
Taj Mahal, Agra, India
The beautiful white marble on the building is constantly threatened from air pollution, namely acid rain, so the Indian government plans to install solar panels throughout the city to combat the damage. The five year plan sets out to make Agra the first solar city in India. The blueprint would result in the production of approximately 10% of the city’s electricity from solar.
Clarence House, London, England
This royal residence has kept up with the times. Prince Charles himself applied to Westminster City for a permit to install solar panels on the building in 2011. The prince’s 180 year old London residence is equipped with a 30 panel solar array that generates around 4,000 kilowatt per year.
Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world, rising 2,717 feet above the Dubai skyline. It is also the most modern structure on the list. Keeping up with its modern characterization, solar panels were installed on the building in 2010. A 378 solar panel array heats 140,000 liters of water everyday and saves roughly 3,200 kilowatt hours per day. The building uses an innovative cooling system that produces remarkable energy savings.
Alcatraz, San Francisco, California
The infamous prison used to house some of the worst criminals in the country, now it houses an array of 1,300 solar PV panels. The solar panels were installed in 2012 and generate approximately 400,000 kilowatt per year.
The Majlis-e-Shoora, Islambad, Pakistan
You may be surprised to find out that Pakistan’s Parliament building runs completely on solar energy! The 1 megawatt photovoltaic system feeds directly into the building’s power supply and makes it more or less immune to possible grid supply issues. The country’s parliament building is the first in the world to be powered 100% by solar power!
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