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Solar Bridge Spans River Thames

February 6, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

Blackfriars Energy ManageThe world’s largest solar bridge has gone online in London where 4,400 photovoltaic panels cover the 6,000-sq-meter roof of the newly refurbished Blackfriars railway track, which spans the River Thames.

The 1.1 MW array is London’s largest PV installation and provides 900,000 kWh per year – up to half of the Blackfriars station’s energy. Solarcentury installed the PV panels.

In addition to providing energy, Blackfriars solar bridge provides an architectural focal point along the River Thames. Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said at the launch reception,
“Blackfriars solar bridge is an architectural gem, a truly iconic installation and a fantastic addition to the skyline.”

Solar-as-art is an emerging trend. Martifer Solar USA installed a 1.142 MW solar PV system – a combination of a parking lot carport and a hillside ground-mount – at Occidental College in Los Angeles, which incorporates elements of art into the design.

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