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Energized in Long Beach!
Energized on Wednesday; ribbon-cutting with the mayor and corporate sponsors on Thursday. And it's over. A taxing three weeks and then sudden completion. Great success. The PV trackers "went live" during the press event, smoothly calibrating to face the sun to the delight of the crowd and cameras. The Long Beach Airport now boasts one of the most advanced solar demonstrations in Southern California. And it happened in record time; operational with the switch of a breaker.
This issue features the story of a dramatic solar system installation. It's not only technologically advanced, but smack dab in the middle of an FAA-controlled airport. We'd have to interface with "land-side" and "air side" operations before it was done, maintaining strict adherence to FAA and TSA security, and maintaining the safety of the public at the nearby baggage claims. This meant a lot of "owl hour work," 10 pm - 6 am.
EcoMotion's mission was two-fold. First we designed a demonstration solar system for EcoMedia, an environmental marketing firm in New York that has mastered public/private partnerships. Led by Paul Polizzotto, pictured with me above, EcoMedia aligns corporate sponsors that invest in "Ecozone" projects in partner cities. The second aspect of EcoMotion's work for EcoMedia is demonstration project management. EcoMotion is concurrently responsible for a combined solar/lighting project in Miami at its historic City Hall. Stay tuned!
For Long Beach, EcoMotion recommended dual-axis solar trackers as a high-tech and captivating solar technology. Like sunflowers, they follow the sun throughout the day and adjust for seasons. Trackers also increase output by 25 - 40%. We recommended "bi-facial panels" that collect both direct and reflected sunlight. And you can see through them. Even if you're north of the panels, they provide a vivid solar impression.
Our job was to recruit a qualified installation company and to get the job done, and despite a "near impossible" permitting and construction window, to get it done on time. We chose SunTrek Industries of Irvine to engineer and install the project. They did back-flips for us. And by 2:15 on the day before the press arrived, we got our final electrical inspection from the City and our interconnection agreement from Southern California Edison. Distinguished with interpretive signage, the system was ready for the next day's press event.