Excelsior Energy Capital and Unico Solar Investors have announced the completion of a 300 kW solar power system at Central Station, a new four-storey 125,000 square meter office building. Developed by SteelWave and owned by Principal Real Estate Investors, the building is located at 285 Sobrante Way in Sunnyvale, California.
“Commercial buildings like Central Station offer owners and their tenants a tremendous opportunity to reap the benefits of on-site solar energy,” said Adam Knoff, co-founder and director of Unico Solar. “By integrating solar panels on the roof and carports at no cost to the owner, we can provide this building with zero-emission electricity at a fraction of utility rates. We look forward to identifying more opportunities to scale up solar use within the Silicon Valley commercial sector.”
As part of the building’s LEED Gold certification, the solar installations on the roof and carport complement biophilic interior features and energy-efficient lighting among other sustainable features. Unico Solar worked closely with the project team to ensure that the solar panels not only fit within the building’s design aesthetic, but also blend seamlessly with existing bioswales on the site. With thoughtful design, they were able to integrate the new carports into the existing site plan, adding function without disrupting the natural flow of the area.
Tenants at Central Station will have access to the property’s clean electricity through a power purchase agreement between the building owner and Unico Solar, who will oversee ongoing maintenance of the system going forward.
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