Press Release: Building Integrated PV Unites Historic Landmark with Community Solar
Thursday, October 31, 2013

Building Integrated PV Unites Historic Landmark with Community Solar

Former Air Force Hanger hosts community-shared solar system accessible to local residents and businesses.

October 31, 2013

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Thomas Sweeney, Chief Operating Officer
Clean Energy Collective
Cell: (303) 591-5100 Office: (800) 646-0323
DENVER, COLO. – (October 31, 2013) A historic building in Denver is boasting a dual milestone in intelligent building design and renewable energy development. The 1940s-era Hangar 2 building, a former U.S. Air Force base and training center at the heart of the Denver’s Lowry neighborhood, is now host to Denver’s first community-owned solar garden and becomes the nation’s largest building integrated PV (BIPV) installation on a historic landmark.

The 400 kW Denver/Lowry Solar Array, developed by community solar pioneer Clean Energy Collective (CEC), was built into the curved roof of Denver’s iconic Hangar 2 building, which now serves as a mixed-use/self-storage project. The utility-scale solar PV array was integrated with an existing 106 kW array, initially fashioned to replicate the appearance of the hangar’s original skylights, to partially offset the building’s electricity demand.

Designed by architect and CEC Vice President of Strategic Development Jim Hartman, the project met the strict requirements of Denver’s Landmark Preservation Commission by ensuring the 1,638-solar panels would closely resemble the industrial-looking existing metal roofof the historic structure. In most light conditions and from typical public vantage points, the solar panels reflect the sky and are a grey color similar to the metal roof. The panel layout integrates with the existing segmented roof layout and details so that the panels provide as monolithic an appearance as possible.

“We’ve turned this drafty old hanger into a symbol of Denver’s innovation in renewable energy and commitment to sustainable design,” Hartman said. “It’s a solar-powered, energy-efficient landmark.”

One of 11 community-scale PV facilities CEC is building as part of Xcel Energy’s Solar Rewards Communities program, the Denver/Lowry Solar Array new system will serve 150 – 200 Xcel Energy customers in Denver County interested owning locally-made clean energy production but can’t or prefer not to install a system on site. Customers in the shared-array receive all of the same tax credits and incentives as home-sited systems, and are similarly credited directly on their utility bill.

Martifer Solar USA served as EPC for the development and E Light Electric managed installation.

About Clean Energy Collective (CEC) Colorado-based Clean Energy Collective is a developer of community-based renewable energy facilities and a national leader in community power generation. CEC pioneered the model of delivering clean power-generation through large-scale facilities that are collectively owned by participating utility customers. CEC’s proprietary RemoteMeterĀ® system automatically calculates monthly credits and integrates with existing utility billing systems, enabling all utility customers to easily have clean, renewable power credited directly on their monthly utility bills, without modifying their home or office. For more information, please visit: Clean Energy Collective
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Press Release: Building Integrated PV Unites Historic Landmark with Community Solar