In 2008, when Solar Power, Inc. and management at the Staples Center/NOKIA Theatre decided to install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system to reduce energy consumption and costs at the venues, they looked to Cupertino Electric's knowledge and expertise as the design/build contractor on the project. Most importantly, the center and Theatre needed a contractor who could successfully and safely engineer the grid-interactive systems to tie in to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). With more than 60 years of proven electrical contracting experience coupled with its solar power capabilities, Cupertino Electric was chosen by Solar Power, Inc. to provide a turn-key, grid-tied system to both Staples Center and NOKIA Theatre.
Combined system details:
- Staples site: 1,700 200-Watt modules feeding into a 333 kilowatt (kW) bipolar inverter
- Combined system details: Nokia site: 800+ 200-Watt modules using two 82 kW inverters Power-generating capacity: 15,140,225 kWh of electricity over 20 years