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US Department of Energy Installing "Sun Wall"

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Chicago architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz has produced the winning design for the US Department of Energy’s Solar Wall competition. SCB’s sun wall will be 32,000 square feet and will cover the south elevation of the DOE’s Washington DC headquarters.

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As the largest building-integrated solar energy system on any US federal building, the sun wall will generate 200 kW of energy. SCB’s design also includes a solar thermal installation for hot water in addition to photovoltaic panels.

The DOE hasn’t disclosed the project’s cost, but I’m betting that it will be relatively pricey.

Image Credit: SCB

 
 
 
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