Sunday, December 26, 2010

East Decatur Station Unveils State’s Most Advanced Photovoltaic Commercial Rooftop System

Atlanta - As East Decatur Station (EDS) carves out a unique live/work/play community in Decatur, its creators, Jack Honderd, Pat Murphy, and Chuck Bosserman, took an exciting step toward sustainability and installed a 147 kW photovoltaic (PV) system, one of the largest commercial rooftop systems in metro Atlanta and Georgia.

Made up of three different arrays, the system produces 198,134 kWh of energy a year and will help offset the electricity load. Though the increased presence of renewable energy is inevitable, the creators of EDS take the steps to reduce their environmental impact today not tomorrow.

The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) provided East Decatur Station with a rebate for the photovoltaic installation through the Clean Energy Property Rebate Program. Established in 2009 as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the Clean Energy Property Rebate Program offsets up to 35 percent of the cost of installing renewable energy property, implementing lighting retrofits or building efficiency upgrades, subject to a maximum cap that varies depending on the technology installed.

GEFA provides assistance with projects that correlate with its mission to improve the quality of life for today and future generations of Georgians. The substantial contribution allowed East Decatur Station’s vision to become a reality.

Radiance Solar, an Atlanta-based solar engineering, procurement and construction firm EPC, installed the system, which is comprised of three state-of-the-art technologies:
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