A sustainability laboratory

Scalo Solar Solutions completes a sustainability demonstration project

On July 20, Pittsburgh-based solar developer Scalo Solar Solutions LLC, a related company of Burns & Scalo Roofing Co. Inc., Pittsburgh, hosted a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony at its headquarters. The company had reason to celebrate: It was introducing its Sunscape Energy Demonstration Project, which consists of three photovoltaic (PV) technologies, five vegetative roof systems and various other energy-efficient products, including daylights and reflective roof membranes, installed on the building's roof.

Scalo Solar Solutions designs, acquires and installs solar arrays for commercial clients; however, the company also provides customers with detailed financial analysis and performance data to demonstrate solar systems are a good business investment. Sunscape's primary purpose is to demonstrate and compare the most advanced technologies for generating alternative energy and reducing costs.

"People's expectations for their roofs have changed," says Jack Scalo, chief executive officer and president of Scalo Solar Solutions. "Not only are roofs expected to be watertight, they are expected to help reduce buildings' energy costs. This was the genesis for creating Sunscape."

The demonstration project allows Scalo Solar Solutions customers to learn about and interact with various energy-efficient and sustainable technologies that can be installed on their buildings. Additionally, various university and environmental organizations, such as Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh; University of Pittsburgh; Penn State University, University Park, Pa.; Chatham University, Pittsburgh; Green Building Alliance; and 3 Rivers Clean Energy, among others, will be able to use Sunscape as a laboratory and training center.