Solar Powering the El Moore

September 2015 Solar Energy Production from El Moore rooftop solar panels.


It seems really strange to be talking about solar energy and the 1898 El Moore building.  It’s especially strange when you consider that the building was originally built for both electric and gas lighting…they were not sure electric power would be reliable enough, so the backup was gaslights.

But 21st Century renewable power is now powering the El Moore.  The image shows the amount of energy generated in September 2015 from our 42  solar PV panels.  It was 1.36 MWh.  This was enough energy to power all the apartment’s electrical demands including appliances, lighting, PCs, TVs, fans, etc as well as all the El Moore common areas in September 2015.    This doesn’t include the building-wide geothermal pumps for air conditioning.

From a carbon standpoint, we produced the carbon savings equivalent to 24 trees or 2,067 tons.

Of course, the amount of solar energy will vary by time of year, but it is positioning us well for a sustainable future.