Solar Solution, a Washington, D.C.-based solar installer, says it has completed the first solar PV system at the National Mall in the U.S. capital.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture, the newest museum on the mall situated between the National Museum of American History and the Washington Monument, now has an 83 kW solar system consisting of SunPower E–Series 327 W modules and a Solectria PVI central inverter. Solar Dock ballasted racking was implemented for large portions of the array on the five-story building, with S-5 clamps and UniRac rails comprising the remaining sections on metal seam roofing.
Solar Solution says it was chosen by general contractor Clark Construction, and the installation will help power a centerpiece venue for ceremonies, performances and exhibition space. The PV component is also a part of the building’s design to achieve LEED Gold certification. The museum is set to open this fall.