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Solar-charged Kobe: SPI to install PV systems at L.A.‘s Staples Center, Nokia Theatre

13 August 2008 | By Tom Cheyney | Chip Shots

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By the time the Los Angeles Lakers have their grudge match with the reigning NBA champion Boston Celtics on Christmas Day 2008, the home team's Staples Center venue should be getting a burst of power from a fresh batch of 1727 Solar Power, Inc. (SPI) modules on its very SoCal "surfboard"-shaped roof.

If that holiday game sells out and the venue fills to its 18,997-person capacity, the 345-KW system would supply more than 18 watts per screaming fan, if operating at peak power. Or if you take Kobe Bryant's average scoring mark from last season of 28.3 points per game and run his numbers with those of the PV array, that calculates to an average of 12.19 KW of PV juice (or 61 modules) for every point that the renewably energetic NBA MVP (and current US Olympian) put in the hole on a regular basis.

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