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Specific examples or models, usually a success story.

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Solar Policy Environment: Seattle

This document outlines the policies in place affecting solar deployment.

Location:
Seattle, Washington
United States

Water Pollution Control Plant Solar Site Evaluation: San José

This report describes the findings of a solar site evaluation conducted at the San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant (Site) in the City of San Jose, California (City). This evaluation was conducted as part of a larger study to assess solar potential at multiple public facilities within the City.

Locations:
San José, California
United States
Santa Clara, California
United States

Story Road Landfill Solar Site Evaluation: San Jose

This report describes the findings of a solar site evaluation conducted at the Story Road Landfill (Site) in the City of San Jose, California (City). This evaluation was conducted as part of a larger study to assess solar potential at multiple public facilities within the City.

Location:
San José, California
United States

Environmental Innovation Center Solar Site Evaluation: San José

This report describes the findings of a solar photovoltaic (PV) site evaluation conducted at the San Jose Environmental Innovation Center (EIC) in the City of San Jose, California. This evaluation was conducted as part of a larger study to assess solar potential at multiple public facilities within the City.

Location:
San José, California
United States

Esthetically Designed Municipal PV System Maximizes Energy Production and Revenue Return

In late 2008, the City of Sebastopol, CA installed a unique 42 kW grid-interactive photovoltaic (PV) system to provide electricity for pumps of the Sebastopol municipal water system. The resulting innovative Sun Dragon PV system, located in a public park, includes design elements that provide optimized electrical performance and revenue generation for the energy produced while also presenting an artistic and unique appearance to park visitors.

Location:
Sebastapol, California
United States

Showcasing Solar Technologies from San José Companies at the Tech Museum of Innovation

In May 2007, the City of San José won a Solar America Showcase award from the US Department of Energy. This award offers technical assistance to help the City realize its ambitious solar technology deployment goals on large buildings and complexes mainly in the revitalized downtown area. In July 2007, a DOE Tiger Team — led by Cécile Warner of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) — met with numerous city officials to discuss the City’s solar plans in detail and visit the various sites under consideration for solar technology adoption.

Location:
San José, California
United States

Enviromental Evaluation for Installation of Solar Array at San José/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant

The purpose of this technical memorandum (TM) is to review the options to develop a potential solar array development (Project) within or adjacent to western burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia) habitat in the buffer lands that surround the San José/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP) and to determine if there is a ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) configuration that would enable a workable co-existence between the burrowing owl habitat and the PV arrays.

Location:
San José, California
United States

Indirect Benefits (Increased Roof Life and HVAC SAvings) from a Solar PV System at the San José Convention Center

The City of San José is considering the installation of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the roof of the San José Convention Center. The installation would be on a lower section of the roof covering approximately 21,000 ft2. To assist city staff in making a decision on the PV installation, the Department of Energy Tiger Team has investigated potential indirect benefits of installing a solar PV system on the Convention Center roof.

Location:
San Jose, California
United States

Impact of Solar PV Laminate Membrane Systems on Roofs

In 2008, CH2M HILL performed a solar site analysis of the HP Pavilion facility for the City of San José under the Department of Energy’s Solar America Showcase program. Based on weight loading requirements of the facility’s roof, CH2M HILL recommended a building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) product that consists of thin-film, flexible photovoltaic modules that can be thermally welded to rolls of roofing membrane. The City of San José has requested information from the Tiger Team to address the following question: “The HP Arena is due for roof improvements.

Location:
San Jose, California
United States

Impact of Soiling and Pollution on PV Generation Performance

This 5-page technical letter addresses air pollution effects on PV performance by quantifying, based on a literature search, the average annual loss due to soiling, the impact of cleaning, and a recommended cleaning schedule.

Location:
San Jose, California
United States

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