The building was designed by the Aedis Group of San Jose. Working with the electrical contractor, Northern States Electric, Power Solutions selected American-made Sharp photovoltaic panels for the project. Using 40 Sharp ND208U1 panels with two SMA-America 4000US inverters, the system will generate 12,197 kilowatts during the year. A monitoring system from Fat Spaniel will allow web-based tracking of the system's production from any computer.
JosÃ© Radzinsky, CEO of Power Solutions, said, "This system was designed to maximize the usage of roof space available. We anticipate that it will generate a significant portion of the new building's energy use for many years to come. We are pleased to support the City of Santa Clara's pursuit of environmental best practices and carbon-free power production."
Nestor Sohnlein, Vice President of Power Solutions, said, "The installation process was straight forward, we coordinated with the General Contractor and other sub-contractors throughout the contraction process and finished on time."
As a money saving feature, composite shingles were installed on the roof below the solar installation, while a Spanish tile roof covers the rest of the building.
Power Solutions specializes in solar energy generation, engineering and installing alternative energy systems for residential, commercial, governmental and non-profit needs. The company, established in 1998, has since installed nearly 2 megawatts of power in California.