Science Center and SDG&E Plan Interactive Exhibition on Clean Energy

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) unveiled the installation of more than 10,000 square feet of solar panels on the roof of the Science Center, generating clean electricity for San Diegans and serving as the centerpiece for an upcoming interactive exhibition on renewable energy.

The result of a partnership between the Fleet Science Center, SDG&E and the City of San Diego, the new solar photovoltaic (PV) system generates more than 100 kilowatts (kW) of electricity at peak production. Owned and operated by SDG&E, the new solar panels feed electricity directly into the region’s power grid. San Marcos-based Independent Energy Solutions designed and built the system using 684 modules manufactured by Kyocera Solar, Inc. “SDG&E is committed to meeting our customers’ energy needs in the most environmentally responsible manner possible,” said Michael R. Niggli, chief operating officer of SDG&E. “We are more than halfway to having 20 percent of our electricity resources come from clean, renewable sources, such as solar, by 2010.” In addition to generating clean electricity, the solar panel system will be the centerpiece of a new hands-on science exhibition at the Fleet called “So WATT! An Illuminating Look at Energy,” scheduled to open August 11, 2007.
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