MONDAY 19 SEPTEMBER, 2011 |
Solar Panels To Help Power Emmy Awards
200 solar panels will form an awning over the red carpet at this year's
Primetime Emmy Awards.
The 50 kilowatt solar power system is part of other sustainability measures
being implemented at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards - even the red carpet
is made from recycled materials.
"This year’s show will mark the historical moment when solar power made its debut in American popular
culture," said Kevin Kilkelly, president of SolarWorld
, the company providing the solar panels.
According to SolarWorld, this is the largest solar installation to power an
awards show. The real power of the solar energy system in this application isn't
the electricity it will generate, but the fact that millions of people will see
the array and perhaps be inspired to make the switch to solar
After the event, the solar panels will be donated to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles,
who will use the modules to help provide 10-20 households with clean, renewable
electricity. Habitat For Humanity strives to eliminate substandard housing through advocacy, education and partnership with families and individuals in need to build simple, sustainable and affordable housing.
SolarWorld has been involved with other affordable housing projects; including a
solar installation believed to be the nation’s largest for a government-sponsored affordable housing project. The 2-megawatt project owned and operated by the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara (HACSB) will bring solar technology to more than 1,000 low-income families in the California county.
More than 7,200 solar will offset all of the electricity consumption of 863
units of affordable housing. Last year, SolarWorld collaborated with Planet
Solar on a 100-kilowatt system for the Housing Authority of the City of Santa
SolarWorld is the USA's largest manufacturer of solar components. The company
has been operating for more than 35 years and currently employees around 3,800
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