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Paving the Way Photograph by Sarah Leen
In San Francisco, workers lay solar panels on the roof of the Moscone Convention Center—a cutting-edge example of energy efficiency and solar technology. The center's 5,400 panels generate as much as 675 kilowatts of electricity and could power more than 100 California homes, while it saves nearly five times as much energy with advanced lighting and cooling systems and other conservation measures. In the U.S., the energy revolution is unfolding mostly at the state level, and California, one of the nation's largest energy consumers, leads the way in developing and implementing alternative sources. The Moscone Center's green approach to power has become such a hit that students from nearby universities and international delegations tour its facilities. "We're trying to help build a solar market around here," says Fred Schwartz, former manager of the advanced and renewable energy group for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. "The future is definitely coming to San Francisco."
Camera: Nikon F100 Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50 Lens: Nikkor 24mm Speed and F-Stop: Unrecorded
Weather Conditions: Sunny Time of Day: Morning Lighting Techniques: Available light