Value: $2,500,000
Location: 8611 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92123
Owner: Kyocera America, Inc.
Design: Tucker Sadler Architects and ILA Zammit (Electrical Engineer)
Services: Construction Manager, representing Kyocera Solar, Inc. as General Contractor
Project: Design, fabrication, and installation of 25 solar trees generating 235 kilowatts of electricity while providing covered parking for 150 automobiles. Each structure consists of a 10’ caisson topped by the primary trunk (column) and 4 branches that support a 37’8” x 26’8” solar canopy that slopes from 10’ to 13’4” high. The project utilizes 1,400 Kyocera KC-187G and 200 KC-94 (custom clear) solar photovoltaic modules (covering 25,000 SF) and produces 421,000 kilowatt hours per year which equates to typical electrical needs of 68 homes. Project awards include: San Diego Excellence in Energy Awards (2nd Annual SANDEE Awards, 2005), San Diego Regional Energy Office (SDREO), Medium to Large Business Winner, AIA San Diego Chapter, Design Award, 2006, and the SDG&E Energy Efficiency Integration Award, 2006.