Technology Tour Highlights Solar Innovation

Solar Power International is the ideal platform to showcase solar energy innovations, and what better way to kick off the show than a technology tour in downtown Dallas.

SunDurance Energy, along with its partners Kyocera Solar and Solaire Generation, unveiled its completed 300-kW photovoltaic parking lot structure at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center Monday afternoon. The structure consists of 1,250 Kyocera photovoltaic modules that will produce an estimated 415,000 kWh of electricity annually. The panels are mounted on Solaire Generation solar carports that cover 116 parking spaces, providing protection and shade for vehicles.

“The parking canopy application avoids the potential complications that can come with aging or cluttered rooftops, adds incremental economic value by lowering the University’s energy spending, and provides some vehicle coverage from sun and rain,” said Al Bucknam, CEO of SunDurance Energy.  

The PV system took only 11 weeks to install and is set to provide power for the University. “We are delighted to partner with our selected PV professionals to create a solar power solution for the University that will lower our energy expenses while at the same time advance our ecological efforts by harnessing a renewable energy source to shrink our carbon footprint,” said Kirby Vahle, UT Southwestern vice president for facilities management.

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