Solar Maker Gets LEED Twice Over

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.

Amonix concentrated solar power

image via Amonix

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.”

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

    • My old stomping grounds. Go solar go. Sure beats the dirty coal of my Applachian birthplace.