Berkeley Commercial Solar Projects
Berkeley Is Home
As pioneers in the solar industry, we put boots our boots on the ground in Berkeley, California to claim a home. Now, over 40 years later, our entire community places the environment, conservation, and energy efficiency at the forefront of the city’s values. Here is how we help the city of Berkeley meet its sustainability through our commercial solar projects.
- We help Berkeley reduce greenhouse gases to be part of the big picture in reducing climate change.
- We support Berkeley and the surrounding community by employing local workers at a living wage with many benefits.
- We help Berkeley Business owners establish LEED status.
- We design and install renewable energy in the form of commercial solar PV and solar thermal.
The David Brower Center – A Berkeley Icon
A Berkeley non-profit planed an office space that transformed into a LEED platinum status, multi-use green home for environmental and social action. During the seven years of planning and collaboration with public and private entities for the David Brower Center, the primary goal was always to create a vibrant space that would support as many environmental and social priorities as possible. A combination of office space and public facilities in a 50,000 square foot office space was the result. The Center also offers a conference center and an organic eatery.
The next concern was that the building itself needed to reflect and honor the environmental passions of its namesake and of the City of Berkeley. Named for renowned Berkeley environmentalist and Sierra Club founder David Brower, this mixed-use project was approved by the City of Berkeley in 2001.
The Solar Decision
Installing commercial solar was an obvious choice for meeting at least 30% of the common energy demands, and for achieving the prestigious LEED Platinum building certification. In fact, The David Brower Center was awarded ‘Best New Green Building’ by the San Francisco Business Times in March, 2010. Packed with green features, it has received a LEED Platinum rating, the highest possible rating from the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.
Because of the limited roof space, we created innovative design elements. Working with the owner, Equity Community Builders, architect, WRT Solomon, ETC, Rumsey Engineers and Cahill Contractors, Sun Light & Power Design Consultants and Engineers specified the all-black SunPower 225 panels and installed them on both custom steel-cantilevered cornice frames and pole mounts in order to achieve south-facing mounting surfaces for maximum efficiency. We also set up a Fat Spaniel DAS system in the lobby. The results exceed the goals on every level.
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“The building embodies both environmental and social justice.
-Suzanne Brown, Project Manager, Equity Community Builders.
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“The building’s energy requirements include lighting and extensive power demands from refrigeration and other electrical needs. Some of this energy usage is also related to a new emphasis on ready-to-eat foods, including a second-floor kitchen with a flash freezer.
– Progressive Grocer – Berkeley, CA
“When Sun Light & Power installed a 19 kW array at our previous location they were helpful up front, thorough and professional in their installation, and responsive whenever we had questions or needed maintenance. That’s why we chose them again.
– Metro Lighting – Berkeley, CA
“Fantastic! Everything seems to have moved forward very efficiently and with the very best attention from Sun Light and Power. It’s been delightful having everyone in for the work…Bailey, Jon, Markel and Devin. We are very pleased here at the Playhouse. Wehn would be a good time for your folks to come over and walk us through everything? I will get in touch with Tim, Lauren and Joel about scheduling time for that as well.
– Julia Morgan Center for the Arts – Berkeley, CA