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Washington D.C. Features an American-made Rooftop PV System

published: 2015-03-11 17:21

On the Millennium Building in Washington, D.C., it starts operating the region’s largest rooftop PV system. The first-of-its-kind, in the District, PV system is consisted of Sunvia’s PV panels and is designed and installed by Astrum Solar®. It will help improve the district's environmental footprint and reduce the building's operating costs.

The PV system was designed and installed for The Tower Companies (Tower), a privately-held and family-owned organization that has both developed and managed The Millennium Building since 1973. The rooftop solar array features Suniva OPTimus® panels and sits atop the LEED® Gold Certified 235,000 SF, multi-tenant, commercial office building. This is the first solar PV installation on a large, commercial, class-A, office building in Washington D.C.

“We are thrilled that our American-made solar panels are powering The Millennium Building in our nation’s capital. We are happy that when companies such as Tower want to use the world’s best solar technology, they can find it right here at home,” said Matt Card, vice president of global sales and marketing, Suniva. “The District of Columbia has a very strong solar market and we’re proud to contribute to the growing Sustainable DC Plan. We look forward to collaborating with Astrum Solar on additional projects.”

Tower is committed to developing and managing buildings that are sustainable and socially responsible. "It's in our DNA as an organization. We strive to be in the forefront of the green building industry and have wanted to incorporate solar for a while now," said Eugenia Gregorio, Director of Corporate Responsibility for The Tower Companies. "When we combined the decreased cost of solar panels and the tax and SREC incentives available, the project just made good business sense and aligns with our environmental goals," added Gregorio.

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