Master of Architecture (MArch)
First Committee Member
Richard A. Beckman
Number of Pages
This research is an investigation of integrating photovoltaic solar collecting cells into a low-rise office building design providing a sustainable power source meeting or exceeding peak energy demands. The data focuses on roof-mounted installations examining the costs of collecting and transferring solar energy into the existing power grid using U.S. government statistics and projected costs. In addition, the possibility of exporting surplus power for revenue as an alternative energy supplier was explored. Studies of similar research were documented to demonstrate feasibility of alternative PV installations. The purpose of the study examines whether a self-reliant building can be economically feasible using solar energy for electric power. The data suggests photovoltaic energy does not pay for itself during its life cycle at the current electricity rate, but economic feasibility can be expected in the next decade assuming average inflation rate projections.
Building; Cells; Design; Feasibility; Integrating; Low; Office; Photovoltaic; Rise
Architecture; Force and energy; Civil engineering
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Thompson, Kevin Russell, "Feasibility of integrating photovoltaic cells in low-rise office building design" (1997). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 3387.