We at Solar Builder are happy to announce our second annual Project of the Year awards. We had a big increase in submissions this year for our two categories — roof-mount and ground-mount — and these are ultimately the best of the best. Winners were chosen by our readers, and the turnout was huge — voting increased by 140% over 2013’s awards. A big thanks to all who participated!
Click the links below to see the winners, runner-ups and honorable mentions for both categories. Many innovative practices were adopted for each project, and most had significant community impacts. We’re excited to see what new systems will be built in 2015 and win next year’s awards.
In the meantime, enjoy these fantastic projects that are encouraging the growth of solar across North America by clicking on their photos. Congratulations to our 2014 winners!
Anthony Wayne Solar Array
Developer/Contractor: GEM Energy (of the Rudolph/Libbe Companies)
Mounting: AP Alternatives
Solar for Seals
Laguna Beach, California
Developers: Residents Organized for a Safe Environment, Planet Earth Solar and Pacific Marine Mammal Center
Contractor: Planet Earth Solar
Mounting: Everest Solar
College of the Desert Carport
Palm Desert, California
Developer: College of the Desert c/o SunPower Corp.
Contractors: Oltmans Construction Co.
Inverters: Schneider Electric
Bainbridge Island, Washington
112 kW and growing
Developer: Asani LLC
Contractor: PHC Construction, A&R Solar
Modules: Itek Energy
Inverters: APS America
Plymouth Public Schools
Developer/Contractor: Borrego Solar
Modules: Yingli Solar
Inverter Manufacturer: SMA America
Mounting/Racking Manufacturer: SunLink
Treasure Valley Solar
Project Location: Rutland, Massachusetts
Project Size: 6 MW
Contractors: Coghlin Electrical Contractors, Borggaard Construction Corp., Consulting Engineers Group, Whitman & Bingham Associates
Modules: Trina Solar, SunEdison
Inverters: Solectria Renewables
JM Family Enterprises Building
Deerfield Beach, Florida
Developer: JM Family Enterprises
Contractors: Advanced Green Technologies, Advanced Roofing Inc.
Inverters: Advanced Energy
Whole Foods Market
Contractor: Freedom Solar Power
Inverters: SMA America
Mounting: DynoRaxx, custom