SunPower Completes 1.3 MW San Francisco Project


SunPower Corp. has completed a 1.3 MW solar power system on the roof of the Exploratorium's future home on San Francisco's Embarcadero.

The system is designed to ultimately generate 100% of the electricity demand at the new facility, which is scheduled to open in spring 2013. Array performance, updated every 15 minutes, will be displayed in the lobby of the new facility.

To meet its net-zero energy goal, as well as to qualify as a LEED gold facility, a number of additional features have also been integrated into the design of the new Exploratorium facility, including an innovative heating and cooling system using filtered water from the San Francisco Bay, high performance glass to limit heat gain, maximized use of natural light, and use of low-emitting materials and materials with recycled content.

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