Suniva Inc., a U.S.-based manufacturer of crystalline silicon solar cells and modules, says its solar panels are now powering Georgia Tech's Carbon-Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory.
The 45,000 square-foot facility will be used for the research of energy-efficient technologies and carbon sequestration. By incorporating solar PV and strategic building design, the facility will use approximately 90% less energy than a comparable building, according to Suniva.
Approximately 1,200 of Suniva's modules were installed by Inman Solar. In addition to the main building, the project includes a walkway canopy and two parking structures.
The front-of-building solar facade is the largest in Georgia, Suniva says.
"Incorporating solar modules prominently into the facade is unique to projects in the Southeast – if not beyond – and produces an amazing aesthetic," explains Steve Chiariello, principal at Inman Solar." The innovative design of the facility is truly awe-inspiring and will provide a great place for sustainable research for generations of students."
The $22.4 million project was partially funded by an $11.6 million grant from the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology.