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A Renewable Energy Grant was awarded to the City by the North
Carolina State Energy Office using American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding.
Estimated Annual Energy
Savings: 12,000 kilowatt hours per year
The City of Charlotte used Renewable Energy Grant funding
for the installation of the solar power system mounted on top floor
of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center Parking deck.
This site was selected due to its high volume usage, educational
opportunities, and related energy efficiency grant projects that
the structure will support that have recently been installed and
are slated to be installed in the same parking deck. The
project includes an educational monitor on display at the Char-Meck
Government Center that will be connected to the system to monitor
the energy production and savings on a real-time basis.
The alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) generated
will help power the deck's electrical system, which includes
lighting, security systems, gates, and electric vehicle charging
stations. The solar tree will provide data to the educational
kiosk that will be in the government center.
(CLICK HERE FOR KIOSK INFORMATION)
According to the Department of Energy's *estimations, the solar structure will
generate around 12,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per
year. This is approximately equivalent to the yearly energy
usage of all 45 lights on the top level of the deck, about 15% of
the total deck lighting. The energy savings generated from
this structure itself are projected to be equivalent to the total
energy consume by an average U.S. household.
The project consists of forty individual solar panels each
measuring approximately 5 ½ feet tall and 3 feet wide will make up
the system. The framework is 31 feet by 21 feet.
The Government Center's parking deck hosts 2 other energy
energy efficient lighting upgrades and 6
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations for public usage.
Project Leader: David Smith:
Vendors involved in the project:
Department of Energy estimations are based on the Department of
Energy's PV Watts estimating software.