PHOTOVOLTAIC SKYLIGHT - US NAT. NUCLEAR SECURITY ADM.
US NATIONAL NUCLEAR SECURITY ADMINISTRATION alburquerque complex
Onyx Solar has provided Photovoltaic Glass to rehabilitate the Photovoltaic Skylight of the main atrium of the John A. Gordon Albuquerque Complex. Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, this complex is the new corporate headquarters of the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration.
- Total Area - 420 M2
- Electricity generated in 35 years - 390,271 kWh
- Total lighting points operating 4 hours per day in 35 years - 766 lighting points
- CO2 emmisions avoided in 35 years - 261 Tons of CO2
- Barrels of oil saved in 35 years - 230 barrels per m2
Example of a feasibility study of amorphous silicon photovoltaic skylight in Alburquerque:
- Payback time < 2.4 years
- Internal rate of return (IRR) 21.5 %
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This 8 kWp DC installation is made of see-through medium transparency of Amorphous Silicon Photovoltaic Glass, which promotes natural light inside the building while preventing heat gain. Each glass panel measures 2,134x1,575 mm (84"x62"), and comes with a 16 mm (31/50") Argon spacer to provide additional insulation.
Established by Congress in 2000, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science.
The 330,000-square-foot John A. Gordon Albuquerque Complex (appointed as the first NNSA Administrator in 2000) will be adjacent to Kirtland Air Force Base and is expected to meet LEED Gold standards. It is an office complex that houses 1,200 NNSA staff members who ensure nuclear safety in the U.S.
KMA Architecture designed the project and SouthWest Glass was in charge of installing the PV glass in an Acurlite skylight system. OE Solar carried out the electrical installation.
This is not the first project executed for the U.S. Federal Government, through its various departments. The Photovoltaic canopy for the U.S. embassy of Jakarta, in Indonesia, and the Photovoltaic Skylight at Rota Naval Base, in Spain, are two good examples of how the U.S Federal Government is implementing renewable energies sources in its facilities.
Client: U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Energy
Architects: KMA Architecture, San Diego
Glazing contractor: SouthWest Glass
Electrical installer: OE Solar