GSA taps Solaria for Green Proving Ground program27. January 2016 | Global PV markets, Industry & Suppliers, Applications & Installations, Research & Development | By: Edgar Meza
The PV module technologies provider will participate in the U.S. government program, which evaluates innovative sustainable building technologies.
The United States General Services Administration (GSA) has selected Solaria Corporation as a participant in its Green Proving Ground (GPG) program aimed at evaluating sustainable building technologies.
The GPG program tapped Solaria after extensive testing of its building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) solutions, funded by the Department of Energy (DOE), at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's new FLEXLAB.
The Berkeley Lab tested Solaria’s BIPV system for energy generation, glass performance and tenant comfort.
The GSA is moving forward with a commercial pilot installation of the technology this year to accelerate its commercial scale deployments across its portfolio.
A Federal Building in Kansas City, Missouri, will host the commercial pilot installation. While demonstrating its BIPV technology in an occupied building, the Solaria and the GSA, along with Berkeley Lab, will collect energy generation, thermal performance, daylighting, glare and occupant comfort data in comparison with non-BIPV windows in the same building.
Testing will also include evaluation of the design-build process and economics. Following successful testing at FLEXLAB, Solaria anticipates the results will show that its BIPV solutions offer “a reliable, seamless alternative to traditional glass solutions with a product that provides additional value in moving glazed facades towards the goal of positive net energy gains.”
Kevin Powell, GPG program manager at GSA, said, “The Green Proving Ground program is committed to driving innovation that improves building performance. We hope that real-world evaluations like this one will accelerate adoption of sustainable building technologies around the nation.”
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