San Francisco Museum Renovation to Include Major Solar Project

Barnabus Energy announced that its California based subsidiary, Connect Energy was contracted by the California Academy of Science to develop and install what the companies say would be the largest photovoltaic (PV) glass canopy in the country — a contract worth more than $1.5 million.

Located in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the Academy has started a comprehensive rebuilding project unprecedented among the world’s largest natural history museums. Once completed, the new Academy promises to be a symbol of environmental architecture and sustainable design. Designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Renzo Piano of Genoa, Italy, the new building includes a PV canopy designed to fully circumnavigate the building, and will generate in excess of 213,000 kW of electricity. Each of the 720 custom built PV glass laminates are designed to have the highest conversion efficiency available at 20%. Coupled with grid-connected inverters, the power generated will directly offset power that would have been supplied by the local electric company. “This project is a great honor for our company and an extraordinary opportunity to showcase our solar technology,” said Connect Energy President and Barnabus Director, Ron Gangemi. “It is a very exciting project to be involved in.” Our PV system and other environmental features of the project will prevent the release of over 400,000 pounds of CO2, the equivalent of planting 340 trees. Connect Energy is providing a full scope of services on the project including PV module and system design, material manufacture and procurement as well as system commissioning and documentation. The project will also use SolarSave roofing membranes supplied by sister company, Solar Roofing Systems.
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