GSA - Terry Sanford Federal Building
- System Specs | 560 kW
- System Production | 750 MWh annually
- Environmental Benefits | 675 fewer tons of carbon dioxide annually
The federal landscape for advancing renewable energy policy has shifted drastically, now requiring federal facilities to decrease energy consumption and increase its use of US-produced renewable energy. Pushing beyond presidential executive order 13514, in 2011 former GSA Administrator Martha Johnson has stated, “Zero footprint is our moon shot. Zero footprint will demand that we work harder than we have ever worked before,” Solar energy is proving to be one effective path.
Keeping with GSA’s goal, this project had to reduce the building’s carbon footprint, reduce grid consumption and save taxpayers dollars annually. To achieve this, Standard Solar was tasked to develop a solar PV system for the Terry Sanford Building in Raleigh, North Carolina. Standard Solar has partnered on numerous occasions with the GSA to analyze, plan and develop solar solutions that enable government entities to successfully meet their energy needs in both the short and long term.
Working with the Region IV GSA project team, Standard Solar implemented a 560 kW design utilizing 59,000 square feet of previously unused roof space for the solar array. The generated solar power is fed to a utility scale inverter which supplies the power to the building, reducing the building’s annual grid load by over 17%. In addition to developing a system that optimized performance and minimized costs, Standard Solar utilized ARRA approved “Made-in-the-USA” components.
GSA’s leadership in energy management is on display. By designing and developing a state-of-the-art solar PV system, Standard Solar has helped GSA reduce the facility’s carbon footprint while fulfilling federal energy management goals. In the building’s central lobby a monitoring display screen allows employees and visitors to see how efficiently the system is working in real time—and how the GSA and the Federal government are putting our country’s renewable energy future in action.