The City of Anaheim, CA, celebrated the completion of a brand-new $5.7-million solar panel system today which is installed on the top of the LEED-certified Anaheim Convention Center. The project, managed by Anaheim Public Utilities, began in January and was completed in mid-August by Borrego Solar Systems Inc., a designer, developer, installer, and financier of grid tied solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. The solar panel system covers 300,000 square feet on the rooftop of the center's exhibit halls A, B and C. Made up of 7,908 installed solar panels, the installation is the largest city-owned roof-mounted system on a convention center in North America.
"Installing solar on the convention center furthers the city's vision and commitment to sustainable energy resources such as landfill gas, geothermal, wind, and solar in Anaheim and also in California," said an Anaheim Public Utilities spokesperson. "This vision also contributes to the city's commitment to lowering its greenhouse gas emissions."
The spokesperson added, "We do not anticipate any impact to events."
The new solar panel system will generate an estimated 3.6 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually -- enough energy to power 600 homes for a year. The installation marks the building's newest sustainability feature. The center also features an on-site recycling program, a farm-to-fork culinary program, an on-site composting facility, and a rooftop herb garden.
"The City of Anaheim has always sought to take the lead with projects that demonstrate government entrepreneurship and this partnership reflects the success of this effort," said Tom Morton, executive director of the City of Anaheim's Convention, Sports & Entertainment Department. "We appreciate the partnership with our Public Utilities and welcomed this opportunity, which benefits not only our residents, but further enhances the convention center's sustainability program."
"Installing solar on the convention center furthers the city's commitment to renewable energy initiatives," said Dukku Lee, general manager of Anaheim Public Utilities. "The city was able to add a cost-effective renewable resource that utilizes the abundant sunlight we are fortunate to have in this region."