W.M. Keck Observatory Solar Panel Supports
The W.M. Keck Observatory is located near the summit of Mauna Kea, on the Big Island of Hawaii. The W.M. Keck Observatory is a two-telescope observatory with two 10 meter aperture primary mirrors. In its commitment to reduce the organization’s carbon footprint and lower the cost of energy, W.M. Keck Observatory installed a solar PV system.
M3’s involvement included design and engineering for a structural support system of a new rooftop solar array installed on the cinder roof between the two telescopes. The solar array consists of 332 solar panels. The system is designed to withstand high winds via a ballasted roof design.
In addition to the design and engineering services, M3 provided on-site construction administration services during the installation of the structural support system. M3 also continues to provide ongoing design and engineering services for Keck related to safety improvements.
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