Peachtree 25th Building, an office building along Atlanta's most famous thoroughfare, is the home of the first solar plant-powered multi-tenant building in the city. The installation is expected to generate 6.75 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy over its 30-year lifespan.

The project atop this landmark building includes a 684-panel solar array that covers most of the roof. It was made possible through the work of the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority, Georgia Power, the Public Service Commission and Schuco-USA. The project also received a grant funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Jonathan Rodbell, a partner with Atlanta Property Group, said the decision to install the solar array on the property was all about reducing operating costs and conserving resources. Atlanta Property Group is working with architectural firm Perkins+Will on a LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) certification for the property, which lies between Midtown and Buckhead.

Atlanta Property Group plans to submit the LEED-EB certification paperwork to the USGBC with the goal of receiving certification sometime this summer. In addition to the solar array, the building also features low-flow plumbing and a new HVAC automation system. The property management firm also retrofitted the majority of the light fixtures in the building and replaced older HVAC units with more energy-efficient models.

This is the first solar project for an Atlanta Property Group building. Once the system has been up and running for a year, the staff will evaluate the possible addition of solar systems to other buildings the group owns.

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