It seems fitting that buildings dedicated to the production of solar power systems would themselves be green. And they are certainly are Amonix, a designer and manufacturer of utility-scale concentrated photovoltaic solar power (CPV) systems that recently announced its facilities in California and Nevada have gained LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The company’s headquarters in Seal Beach, Calif., and its plant in North Las Vegas, Nev., together add nearly 300,000 square feet to the world’s inventory of certified green building space. As you might imagine, the North Las Vegas manufacturing facility, dedicated to the production of the MegaModule CPV systems, makes use of these systems itself, generating 100 percent of its own electricity on-site.
In Seal Beach, the big green focus is on daylighting. The rehabilitated 78,000-square-foot building earned the maximum LEED score for its lighting system design, which minimizes wasted ambient light by focusing on work areas rather than common spaces by installing tubular “daylighting” devices to bring natural light into dark spaces.
“Our two ‘green’ building efforts stand as everyday symbols of our commitment to producing high efficiency, low cost solar power systems and reducing our environmental impact,” said Brian Robertson, CEO of Amonix, in a statement. “The LEED certification process is rewarding and proves that balancing economic advantage with sustainability is achievable.”