Bob's Big Boy in Burbank is a marvelous example of creatively installing solar power panels on a historic building. This building is registered as a California Point of Historical Interest and is the oldest remaining Bob's in the United States. It was designed by well known Los Angeles architect, Wayne McAllister, and built-in 1949. For more information on the architecture, go to the Wikipedia entry for Bobs, here.

The solar power system is in two installations. One is on the carport and the other on an adjacent building housing a Starbucks. The solar power system, engineered by Helio Energy Solutions, includes Canadian Solar photovoltaic modules.


  1. […] From solar energy company Helio Energy Solutions’s blog, a video of the solar panel installation at Bob&#8… There are now 132 photovoltaic panels on the restaurant’s famous carport and a nearby flat-roofed building. Bob’s oldest still-running restaurant was designed by Googie master Wayne McAllister and built in 1949. We’ll see if the solar thing works better than a poorly-thought out plan to put the Big Boy on a giant fiberglass treadmill. [Helio, image via] Share and Enjoy: […]