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Rooftops at Staples Center and Nokia Going Solar

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, August 13, 2008, at 06:06PM
Staples Center Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Staples Center from across Chick Hearn Court, as viewed in this file photo from October, 2007.

AEG has signed a contract to put solar panels capable of generating 512 kilowatts of power on the roofs of Staples Center and the Nokia Theatre. The system, to be produced by Solar Power, Inc, is slated to be up and running in December.

The iconic Staples Center rooftop will be getting 345 KW of solar power, via 1,727 solar modules. The next-door Nokia will get 836 modules, providing 167 KW.

Industry paper Fab Tech has a blog write-up on the deal. They note that the panels will weigh approximately 32 tons, a big number but less than similar systems might have run. At 512 KW, the solar system will provide for less than 5% of the two venues' power consumption.

Installation is scheduled to start in October.

SEE ALSO: Solar Power, Inc. Press Release (PDF)

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