US Mission to the United Nations

Geneva, Switzerland

2002

Hundreds of international meetings are held in Geneva each year. The façade-mounted BIPV at the US Mission to the UN generates renewable electricity to offset demand at the site and provides high visibility to renewable energy. The system is the first of its kind on a US diplomatic post.

Solar Design Associates collaborated with the US State Department to field a new building-integrated “solar skin” at the US Mission to the United Nations in Geneva. We designed façade- and roof-mounted arrays, plus sloped glazing and integrated sunshades on the southern façades. SDA worked with the local Swiss utility to secure interconnection so that any excess energy generated at the site could be delivered to the grid.

SDA also designed a data acquisition system with a large lobby display and provided technical support during procurement, construction and complete system commissioning. The UN Mission is the first US Diplomatic Post to be powered by solar electricity.