Glass solar panels create museum's energy
Starphire ultra-clear glass is helping to produce solar power for the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, the largest “green” museum in the world. The building, designed by architect Renzo Piano, recently opened and features more than 700 solar panels made with Starphire glass by SunTech Power Holdings. 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% of the academy's electricity needs. Museum officials estimate that the panels will prevent the release of more than 400,000 lb. of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere each year.
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