2013 Solar Builder Project of the Year Winners

We at Solar Builder are happy to announce our first annual Project of the Year awards. We had many submissions for our two categories — roof-mount and ground-mount — and these are ultimately the best of the best. Winners were chosen by our enthusiastic readers, and the turnout for voting was overwhelming. 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 — some systems were built on uneven terrain or unstable roofs — and new technologies made a splash (one project has microgrid capabilities). We’re excited to see what new systems will be built in 2014 and win our next 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 2013 winners!



Holston Story_smallGround-Mount

Holston View Elementary
Bristol, Tennessee
50 kW

Developer/Contractor: Ecological Energy Systems
Inverters: SolarBridge
Mounting: Schletter




Stone Story_small


Stone Brewing Co.’s Packaging Hall
Escondido, California
360 kW

Developer/Contractor: Independent Energy Solutions Inc.
Modules: Hyundai
Inverters: Refusol/AE Solar
Mounting: Everest Solar Systems






Konterra Solar Microgrid Carports
Laurel, Maryland
402 kW

Developer: Standard Solar
Contractors: Standard Solar, Solar Grid Storage, Solaire and Wanex Electrical
Modules: Suniva
Inverters: Princeton Power
Mounting: Solaire






Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
Manchester, Tennessee
50 kW

Developer: Encore Redevelopment
Contractor: Sustainable Future
Modules: SolarWorld
Inverters Enphase
Mounting: SolarWorld



Honorable Mentions

Beach City 3Ground-Mount

Beach City Ground-Mount
Beach City, Ohio
625 kW

Developer: Solar Planet
Contractors: Lake Erie Electric, AP Alternatives
Modules: Renesola, Trina Solar
Inverters: Nextronex
Mounting: AP Alternatives



Camp Sky-YGround-Mount

Camp Sky-Y YMCA
Prescott, Arizona
54 kW

Developer/Contractor: Scout Solar LLC
Modules: Centrosolar
Inverters: Fronius
Mounting: Custom-made




SF Exploratorium 2Roof-Mount

San Francisco Exploratorium
San Francisco, California
1.4 MW

Developer: Exploratorium
Contractors: Del Monte Electric, SunPower
Modules: SunPower
Inverters: Satcon
Mounting: DPW Solar





Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA)
North Adams, Massachusetts
503 kW

Developer/Contractor: Tecta Solar
Modules: ET Solar
Inverters: Solectria
Mounting: SI Distribution





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