Solana Beach, California [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Barnabus Energy, currently doing business as Open Energy Corporation subject to a pending name change, announced that its recent acquisition, Connect Energy of California has secured a new solar project, the Evelyn Pease Tyner Interpretive Center, located in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. Chicago is currently experiencing a lot of solar installations, as funding from Commonwealth Edison supports renewable energy projects, stated the release.“This project combines many environmental features, not the least of which is our $250,000 solar PV tile system,” said Steve Coonen, VP of Sales. “The goal of the architects and builders is to be a LEED-certified platinum building, the highest standard for sustainable building and construction in the country.” LEED stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (United States Green Building Council). The 6,000 square foot Tyner Interpretive Center, designed by an architectural firm committed to green building principles and practices, will be built on a 32-acre restored prairie and will maintain the natural hydrology of the land. Its purpose is to be a learning shelter and exhibit space, telling the story of this important grassland ecosystem. Lois Vitt Sale, project designer with Wight & Company stated, “We wanted the building to fit into the cycle of the prairie. Our goal was to be a net zero energy building, generating as much energy as it uses, just like nature. We look forward to working with Open Energy on this and future projects.” In addition to solar tiles, the roof will be covered with prairie grasses and succulent plants. The roof design is composed of structural insulated panels with an R-value of 38, making it highly efficient. Other environmental features include East-West orientation, natural lighting, displacement (passive) ventilation, a geothermal heat pump for heating and cooling, and incorporation of environmental materials such as paneling made of wheat straw.