See how the City of Palo Alto is using Solar Power on City-Owned Sites
The City of Palo Alto has five sites using clean renewable solar energy to generate electricity or hot water and reduce operating costs. These projects have been funded from grants and incentives from the Federal government and the City of Palo Alto Utilities. The Mitchell Park Library and Community Center was constructed using bond funds. The total rated power capacity of the solar photovoltaic (PV) systems is 264 kilowatts (kW)
Municipal Services Center, 3201 East Bayshore Road
This site has two separate PV systems: three carports in the employee parking lot and seven pole-mounted tracking systems. While the carport modules have a fixed tilt and orientation, the trackers move to follow the sun which increases the amount of electricity generated throughout the year.
PV system specifications: Each tracker has 12 Sunpower modules and a Wattsun tracking unit. The MBARC custom carport has 408 Evergreen modules. There is one SatCon inverter per system. The total capacity for this site is 75 kW (16.7 kW for the trackers and 61 kW for the carport)
This site uses solar energy to power the lights and electric equipment and heat the water on the buildings made from straw-bales. The solar power system uses batteries because this site is not connected to the electric grid.