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Occidental College and Lettuce Office Create an Electrifying Urban Hillside Solar Array in Los Angeles

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Occidental College recently powered up an urban hillside solar array that combines science, engineering, urban design and art. Occidental faculty collaborated with the environment design and research firm, Lettuce Office, to create a subtle shifting, rotating




 

 

Occidental College recently powered up an urban hillside solar array that combines science, engineering, urban design and art.

Occidental College recently powered up an urban hillside solar array that combines science, engineering, urban design and art. Occidental faculty collaborated with the environment design and research firm, Lettuce Office, to create a subtle shifting, rotating design that challenges the design of normal, utilitarian solar arrays. Two-thirds of the array’s 4,886 panels are installed on a southwest-facing campus hillside. With panels mounted just 2-3 feet above the ground, the low-profile array hugs the topography of the slope in a fluid form based on a mathematical expression known as a hysteresis loop. “[This] project represents a new paradigm for arrays as architectural objects that, like buildings, are expected to contribute aesthetically to their environment,” says Occidental President Jonathan Veitch.

Occidental College recently powered up an urban hillside solar array that combines science, engineering, urban design and art. Occidental College recently powered up an urban hillside solar array that combines science, engineering, urban design and art. Occidental College recently powered up an urban hillside solar array that combines science, engineering, urban design and art. Occidental College recently powered up an urban hillside solar array that combines science, engineering, urban design and art.

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