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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A solar powered proposal to keep the Echo Park Boathouse out of the dark

The beacon at the Echo Park Boathouse has gone dark once again. But Echo Park resident Martin Cox has found a possible solution to keeping the beacon lit and reducing the city’s energy bill. Cox used Los Angeles County’s new Solar Map and determined that a portion of the roof could generate 5,616 kilowatts a year and save up to $730 (Details below).

Those figures look attractive but solar panels are kind of ugly, especially when they would be plunked down on top top of the terracotta tile roof that covers the Spanish-Colonial boathouse. So, is there a solution that can save energy as well as historic character of this neighborhood landmark?

Total Roof Area:
53,675 sqft
Area Suitable for Solar:
250 sqft*
Solar PV Potential:
Up to 3.77 kW
Electricity Produced:
Up to 5,616 kWh/yr
Electricity Savings:
Up to 730 $/yr**
Carbon Savings:
Up to 4,066 lbs/yr

Photo by Zota


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