Berkeley’s Cooperative Center FCU Installs Solar Panels

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BERKELEY, Calif. – At its members’ request, Cooperative Center FCU is installing a 29.7 kilowatt DC photovoltaic solar system that is expected to meet 65% to 75% of the credit union’s electricity needs.

By the time the system goes live in mid-April, it is hoped the spring sunshine will kick in and provide a major source of power.

The credit union said it tries to set a green example for its members. In its lobby it has an energy efficiency display that informs members how they can be environmentally responsible. It holds workshops in its lobby about what is involved in solar projects. The credit union uses indirect sunlight and recessed lighting to keep its energy use down and it is looking into going paperless with the use of a document imaging system.


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