Category: Solar Energy

The U.S. Mission’s Photovoltaic System – Fact Sheet

Since July 5, 2005, when the Mission’s energy system was placed on line, it has generated an average of 366 kilowatt hours per day. At peak capacity, the system can produce enough electricity to power 37 average homes. On an average summer day, the electricity generated by the photovoltaic installation prevents 360 kg (800 lbs) of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO 2) from being emitted into the environment. Over the course of the expected 30-year life of the system, this will amount to a total savings of approximately 1,800 metric tons (1,960 tons) of CO 2 .

“Uncle Sam’s Showcase” – Flagship Solar Energy Project Paves the Way to a Greener Future

On July 4, as Americans everywhere celebrated Independence Day, the U.S. Mission in Geneva was also celebrating an important step toward energy independence at embassies around the world. It was the oneyear anniversary of the Mission’s groundbreaking photovoltaic energy system-the largest and most ambitious solar energy project ever undertaken by the U.S. government overseas. The roof and fa~ade of the once undistinguished seven-story building in Geneva’s diplomatic quarter have been handsomely fitted with 950 square meters of cobalt-blue photovoltaic panels that glisten like cathedral windows in the sunlight and produce sustainable electric power-enough to power 37 average households.