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As part of Louisiana's largest historic revitalization involving photovoltaic (PV) installations, the Blue Plate Mayonnaise factory in New Orleans recently was converted into energy-efficient apartments for artists.

About 3,300 MAGE® POWERTEC PLUS modules supply 1.4 gigawatt-hours annually to six housing areas that are part of Louisiana's revitalization plan. Among the converted buildings is the Blue Plate building in New Orleans. Built in 1941, the Blue Plate building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and now is powered by a 63-kilowatt system.

Other revived segments include the iconic American Can building, Bonne Terre Village Apartments and River Garden Apartments. The apartment complexes generate a combined 564 kilowatts of solar energy spread among more than 69 individual roof systems and 26 parking canopies.

The revitalization plan was designed, engineered and executed by Pontchartrain Mechanical, Metairie, La. The plan developer, HRI Properties, New Orleans, has been revitalizing cities by creating diverse, vibrant, sustainable communities. Funding was made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the EmPower Louisiana initiative administered by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources.

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