Lake Street Solar Installation & Underground Water Storage and Percolation

BWP’s solar carport complements the Art Deco style of the adjacent Administration Building.

BWP is using the upgrade of its 26-acre campus as an opportunity to utilize solar photovoltaic panels in a significant way – and to demonstrate that PV can be designed in an architecturally pleasing manner.  Largely funded by a Department of Energy grant, BWP built a 240 kW solar system fronting Lake Street between Magnolia Blvd. and Olive Avenue. Additionally, two large underground storage tanks housed beneath this solar-covered parking lot capture storm water from the rooftop gardens and the solar canopy via rain chains and down spouts.

Architecturally Integrated Solar

The architecture of the solar carport complements the Art Deco style found in many Burbank landmarks including the adjacent BWP Administration Building. The steel solar panel supports stretching from the arches resemble airplane wings to pay tribute to Burbank’s rich history in aviation. The support arches were inspired by Roman aqueducts and channel rainwater landing on the solar panels to the rain chains and water spouts. The rainwater then travels down to massive underground water storage and percolation tanks.

Underground Water Storage and Percolation

Rain water comes suddenly and over-saturates the soil causing run-off into storm drains. These huge underground storage tanks capture storm water and allow the water to percolate down through the soil over time, as the soil allows.

In California, a significant portion of electricity produced is used to pump water, mostly the long distances from Northern California to the dryer southern regions. By capturing rain water and directing it down to underground aquifers for local use, BWP saves the energy needed to pump the water long distances.

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