By Joel Scanlon
Exelon City Solar’s administration building is a metropolitan solar power plant and has been honored with Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification presented by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The Administration Building at Exelon City Solar, the nation's largest urban solar power plant, has been recognized with Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. (Credit: Exelon Generation)
Based on City Solar site’s northern edge, the building can be employed for both conferences as well as for office purposes, that has been provided with exhibits to enlighten the visitors about the power plant and Exelon 2020, the company’s industrial plan to equalize, eliminate or transfer its carbon footprint by 15 mtpa or more emissions of greenhouse gas by 2020. Other features that facilitated the building with Silver New Construction LEED-certification were the garden at the rooftop for observing the 41ac solar field, the utilization of almost 25% of recycled resources for construction, and natural illumination for more than 95% of the inner space.
The president of Exelon Power, Sonny Garg says that the LEED-certification along with this new construction will encourage the progress of City Solar.
Exelon City Solar, a 10MW solar power plant, is situated on a brownfield in the West Pullman region of Chicago. The 32,292 PV panels produce adequate electricity to energize 1,500 homes per annum. The accomplishment of construction in 2010 facilitates several tours for community groups, local students, and industrial organizations to enlighten them about solar energy.
Exelon Solar, a part of Exelon Power is the proprietor and operator of Exelon’s hydroelectric, renewable and fossil power plants. Exelon Power's Renewable Energy Education Center in Fairless Hills, Pa and the Visitor Center at Conowingo Dam in Darlington, Md has also been presented with LEED-certification.