Georgia Institute of Technology's Carbon-Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory, which conducts research on energy efficient technologies and carbon sequestration, has a new solar array courtesy of Suniva. Nearly 1,200 Suniva modules, installed by Inman Solar, power the 45,000 square foot facility. The project additionally includes a walkway canopy and two parking structures.
“This is a pioneering facility for the Institute that will pave the way for advancing the design and construction of sustainable buildings across campus while positioning Georgia Tech as a leader in campus sustainability,” said Howard Wertheimer, FAIA, LEED AP, Georgia Tech’s director of capital planning and space management. “The building will be an excellent environment for research experimentation while allowing the opportunity for students to learn about sustainability and net-zero energy-use.”
The US$22.4 million project was partially funded by an US$1.6 million grant from the US Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). “We are thrilled to showcase our products at the institution that gave Suniva its start,” said Ajeet Rohatgi, founder and CTO of Suniva. “The research conducted within the walls of this new Georgia Institute of Technology lab will provide students the opportunity to have a first-hand role in advancing the field of sustainability for the good of the school, the environment and future generations.”