The state of California has unveiled a new 470-kW solar power system on the roof of its Franchise Tax Board headquarters in Sacramento. The solar electric system will provide about half of the power needs of the building, reducing electricity consumption from the grid during peak demand periods.

The system, which covers 50,000 square feet of roof area, was designed, manufactured, and installed by PowerLight Corporation (Berkeley, CA).

— by Greg Mazurkiewicz

Publication date: 10/28/2002