This solar PV System at the Pier South - A Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel & Resort located in Imperial Beach, CA - at the beach front, demonstrates that designing with PV Glass has almost no limits.
Modern in every sense, the Pier South stands out for being a sustainable and environmentally friendly building awarded LEED Silver Certification (Leader in Energy and Environmental Design), thanks to the innovative solutions brought by Onyx Solar® through Soorya Unlimited, a Californian company specializing in solar energy and project development.
FEASIBILITY STUDY OF CRYSTALLINE SILICON SKYLIGHTS IN CALIFORNIA
Reduction in HVAC energy demands
Internal Rate of Return
- Total Area - 283 M2
- Electricity generated in 35 years - 1,699,251 kWh
- Total lighting points operating 4 hours per day in 35 years - 3,335 lighting points
- CO2 emmisions avoided in 35 years - 1,138 Tons of CO2
- Barrels of oil saved in 35 years - 1,000 barrels per m2
Soorya Unlimited proposed a solution that included photovoltaic technology in the hotel, for which Onyx Solar® is a safe bet in the design of such photovoltaic construction solutions.
The objective of creating a fully customizable solution in the form of a photovoltaic roof, which requires greater aesthetic appearance, was achieved through the design of custom-shaped glass modules with more than 55 different shapes, fully frameless.
The PV Glass, designed and manufactured by Onyx Solar®, is composed of crystalline silicon solar cells, reaching an installed capacity of 38 kWp. This solution enables the Pier South to generate 58,500 kWh annually, destined for the building’s self-consumption, thereby preventing the emission of 39 Tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.
The installation by Soorya Unlimited is flat on the roof and ballasted so no penetrations are done in the roof. Additionally, some string lights under the entire array will be installed to enhance the aesthetics further -when lit at the night, they will make the whole roof look like a dance floor. This luxury complex has 78 modern guest rooms with private balconies overlooking spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. For sure, it is a place where sustainability and relaxation meet.