Starphire ultra-clear glass by PPG is helping to produce solar power for the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, the largest “green” museum in the world.
PPG Starphire Glass Helps Power World’s Largest Green Museum
The building, designed by award-winning architect Renzo Piano, opened Sept. 27, 2008 and features more than 700 solar panels made with Starphire glass for Open Energy Corp. (OTCBB:OEGY) by SunTech Power Holdings Co. The panels form one of the largest solar canopies in the world and are expected to generate 213,000 kilowatt-hours of energy per year, or up to 10 percent of the academy’s electricity needs. Museum officials estimate that will prevent the release of more than 400,000 pounds of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere each year.
The solar installation is part of the museum’s effort to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) platinum certification. The solar panels also complement the design of the academy by forming a decorative rim around its living roof, which sustains 1.7 million native plants on a 197,000-square foot surface.
Starphire glass by PPG is one of the industry’s most efficient collectors of solar energy because of its ability to transmit high levels of sunlight.
Starphire is a trademark of PPG Industries.