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Case Study: Phelps Agency

Phelps Agency is a Santa Monica based advertising, PR and promotions company. They are solar champions and as a 2007 Sustainable Quality Award winner, sustainable leaders in the local community.

The six-story, 21,000 square foot building Phelps Agency occupies is adorned with a 50 kW AC solar system. This system is the largest commercial system in Santa Monica! The system was installed in 2007 by one of Solar Santa Monica’s Preferred Solar Contractors, California Green Designs. While generating about 30% of the electricity needed by Phelps Agency, the system offsets an even greater percentage of the bill.

 
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Over 200 solar panels cover the roof.

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Instead of racking the panels flat, which would gather dirt and 
debris easily, the panels are tilted at about 5 degrees southwest 
to increase production and allow for rain runoff.

 
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Mitsubishi 170W panels were used.

 
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8 SunnyBoy Inverters located in the parking garage in the 
basement, near the electical panel.

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The inverters have the ability to communicate with the web for 
monitoring purposes.

Learn more about sustainability initiatives from Phelps.


 
Last updated: Tuesday, 06/10/2014

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