A geothermal cooling system provides about 80% of hot water needs, and a back-up system is powered by the solar PV carports.
|Several PV and geothermal systems saved 310 billion Btu in heating and cooling in the first year.
|Load Service Area
|Parking lot and visitor center
|Feasibility study, design development, design review, and system performance evaluation
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area utilizes a geothermal cooling system via high-efficiency heat pumps at its visitor center. PV panels mounted on carport structures adjacent to the center provide shade for parking and reduce the heating effect on the parking surface. The stored electricity from the solar carports supplies power to the center and to the exterior lighting at the carports.