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Bob's Big Boy Burbank throws 'Sixty and Solar' bash Sept. 24

Posted: August 24, 2009 7:45 p.m.
Updated: August 25, 2009 3:16 p.m.
Bob's Big Boy will celebrate its 60th birthday by throwing a special "Sixty and Solar" ceremony and sock hop celebration Thusday, Sept. 24 to dedicate the restaurant's new solar power system at the oldest remaining Bob's Big Boy in the United States, 4211 Riverside Drive, Burbank.

The solar dedication of the new 26 kW Canadian Solar photovoltaic panel will start at 11 a.m. and will include a dedication of the solar power system by business, community, entertainment and government leaders followed by lunch.

Sock hop celebration will go from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with sock hop and dancing featuring the music of Captain Cardiac
and the Coronaries.

Celebration sponsors include Canadian Solar; HelioPower; American Meat Company; Apffels Gourmet Coffee; Sysco Los Angeles; and U.S. Foods.

About Bob's Big Boy
Over the years Bob's has seen a parade of celebrity names stop by for a hamburger. Movie stars of old have been regulars, with the restaurant serving some of the world's top musical talent and being the site of the celebrity attended Friday Night classic car show.

The restaurant is now generating a portion of its own electricity from a solar power system consisting of 132 Canadian Solar CS6P 200 Modules. The system is installed on the large steel carport structure and a flat commercial roof above the neighboring Starbucks. It was designed and installed by HelioPower.

The Bob's solar installation will produce 39 MWh (megawatt hours) of electricity. This is enough green energy to offset the electrical demand of about seven homes; the elimination of CO2 offsets 57,000 miles driven per year and the equivalent of 78 trees planted and carbon sequestered for the life of those trees.

Other environmental technologies applied at Bob's include recycling and energy efficient lighting.


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