Just seconds after Councilman Bill Green hurried off to another engagement, state Rep. Tony Payton flipped a mock switch with a solar startup founder, effectively kicking off the largest photovoltaic solar array in Philadelphia Thursday night.
Solar States founder Micah Gold-Markel told a group of more than 60 inside the Crane Arts Building in Kensington that it was a historic start. Back in June 2009, Solar States first applied for the state grant to adorn 450 solar panels to the top of the retrofitted artist community.
See a photo album of the install here. See video from Green, Payton and Gold-Markel below.
From the company press release:
Power Purchase Agreement firm Solar States announced today a plan to power Fishtown’s Crane Arts Building using Philadelphia’s largest photovoltaic solar array. The 81kW system will make Fishtown’s premier arts and business haven energy independent, using all energy produced by the array on-site. According to the EPA, On-Site energy usage and generation are the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly ways to power your home or business.
Designed and installed by consultants Rene Ermilio and Greg Katz of Helio Power Systems; and Pat McDonald of G.R.A.S.S., Solar States plans to add 450 solar panels to the Crane’s 20,000 sq. ft. roof. This addition will save the Crane’s owners 20 percent over PECO’s ever-increasing energy rates. Solar States will own the array, selling the power back to the Crane at a reduced rate and funneling any additional power into the local power grid. With power purchase agreements in hand, $500,000 in private investment and match grants from state and federal partners, Solar States has now completed construction.
First, Rep. Payton spoke:
Then, Councilman Green spoke:
Finally, Gold-Markel read an address:
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