The model may dramatically improve the solar efficiency of BIPV arrays on high-rise buildings.
The Convention Center’s PV array provides 14% of the building’s electricity year-round, and up to 23% during air-conditioning season.
The PV Power Map is a monthly report of national irradiance levels as illustrated by solar power potential. Comparing November and December 2011, December shows slightly higher power production along the West Coast, reflecting the relatively mild, clear weather the region experienced that month.
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American Solar Energy Society member Dave Strenski, of Ypsilanti, Mich., knew little about solar energy in 2005 when he applied for a grant to put photovoltaic panels on his local food co-op. Little did he know that the effort would lead him to star in a Google commercial promoting the promise of solar.