Bold Alternatives Installs 105-kW System at Ohio College

Baldwin Wallace University’s Center for Innovation and Growth has enjoyed its first week of harnessing the sun’s energy to power its building in Berea. The solar array is a 105-kW installation mounted on the building’s roof. The total solar production will offset almost 50 percent of the power consumed by the building.

Solar Builder editor Kelly Pickerel talks with Bold Alternatives installers at Baldwin Wallace University.

Solar Builder editor Kelly Pickerel talks with Bold Alternatives installers at Baldwin Wallace University.

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Baldwin Wallace University is a private, liberal arts based Methodist-related college offering bachelor’s and mater’s degrees, certificates and professional education programs located in Berea, Ohio. The Center for Innovation and Growth mission is to foster entrepreneurship and encourage students to create social and economic value.

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The leadership of Baldwin Wallace University made the commitment to work together with Cleveland-based Go Sol LLC on this project. A similar project was completed in August at the Amelia Harding Sustainability House. Go Sol will own and operate the system, selling Baldwin Wallace University all solar generated power for a rate that will be less than standard utility rates. Cleveland-based Bold Alternatives designed and installed the solar array. Bold Alternatives is a NABCEP certified solar PV installer and is a veteran-owned small business.

“We thoroughly enjoyed working with Baldwin Wallace University to complete this project,” said Rob Martens, President of Bold Alternatives. This is the second installation at the university completed by Bold Alternatives.

The solar array consists of 416 modules and is mounted to the roof using the next generation ballasted system from Direct Power and Water (DPW Solar), a wholly owned subsidiary of Mayfield, Ohio-based Preformed Line Products. The array can produce enough power to meet the energy needs of 20 homes.

The solar modules have a life expectancy of more than 30 years. The POWER-FAB CRS-G2 mounting system from DPW Solar allowed the installation to take less time to complete and reduced the pounds per square foot loading on the roof. Students and the University’s Buildings and Grounds management can monitor the solar production via the internet  as well as a wall mounted kiosk.

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