Connecticut Architecture Firm Demonstrates Solar PV

Spire Corporation announced a collaboration with Shell Solar to design and install a 16.5 kW solar PV array at the offices of Centerbrook Architects and Planners in Centerbrook, Connecticut, said to be one of the largest corporate PV systems in the state.

The PV system, utilizing Shell Solar Type SQ 165-PC modules, was designed by Spire’s systems group and installed under contract by A.J. Shea Construction of Essex, CT. It is designed to reduce energy costs of the facility, which is a nineteenth-century factory building, and to demonstrate the feasibility of the technology to Centerbrook’s clients. “Clients always ask us ‘Will it work?’ I prefer to test our ideas here first,” said William H. Grover, partner and founder of Centerbrook Architects. “Energy efficiency has always been our focus, and we expect the popularity of solar energy to continue to grow.” The system has the capacity to generate 20,600 kWh of energy per year and, in combination with an existing hydropower system, has the potential to provide more than 25 percent of the building’s electricity requirements. Completion of the system is expected by year-end and commissioning is planned for early 2006. The new solar installation will be featured in the 2005 Green Building Open House on October 1, 2005, which is part of the American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour. This event offers an opportunity for the public and the media to see how clean energy sources can be integrated into building designs.
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