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Project of the Year 2017 voting: Commercial & Industrial category

California Department of Franchise Tax Board

Sacramento, Calif.  |   3.6 MW

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The Franchise Tax Board complex is one of the largest business campuses in northern California, which makes this the state’s largest carport installation (10,400 PV panels), covering 1,276 employee parking spaces, spanning over 622,000 sq ft! Baja’s specialization in pre-engineered, pre-fabricated high-tensile light gauge steel structures for solar carports made the project possible.

Developer: DGS-Building Property Management
Contractor: Ecoplexus, Inc.
Modules: SolarWorld [SW 280 Mono]
Inverters: SMA STP
Mounting: Powers Solar Frames

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Kam Man Foods

North Hanover, N.J.  |  600 kW

Kam Man Foods, the leader in Asian supermarkets in the Northeast United States, began solar-powering its buildings in 2012 with a 265 kW system. Fast forward to 2017, and Amergy Solar was contacted by the company to work on a new project that would maximize roof space and get as much power as possible. This project moved away from traditional South facing systems and used an East/West orientation. The racking used was Everest Solar’s third generation of the D Dome ballast system, which was specifically designed for an East/West orientation and higher density without needing roof penetrations. In the end, the project hit 600 kW.

Developer: Amergy Solar
Contractor: United Solar Associates
Modules: REC
Inverter: Solar Edge
Mounting: Everest Solar Systems

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Mission Park Funeral Chapels and Cemeteries

San Antonio  |  530 kW

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Freedom Solar installed more than 530 kW of solar power across seven locations of Mission Park Funeral Chapels and Cemeteries, the largest and oldest privately owned funeral company in San Antonio. Because funeral homes operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, electric bills are a large portion of their operating costs. The new solar projects will offset more than 55 percent of Mission Park’s electricity needs at the seven locations, which include two mortuaries, its corporate office, three funeral chapels and cemeteries and a funeral home. One of the most unique designs was the 80-kW system installed at the Mission Park North Funeral Home. Freedom used SunPower panels that were laid out and slightly raised in a “helix design” to eliminate inner row space and shadows.

Developer: Freedom Solar
Contractor: Freedom Solar
Modules: SunPower
Inverters: SMA
Mounting: SunPower

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Ohio Northern Array

Ada, Ohio

Ohio northern solar array

Single Axis tracker array on 12 acres of ground supplying 10% of electricity for Ohio Northern University. Also used on campus for educational purposes. ONU educates engineering students based on 21 century project based learnings around the principals of photovoltaics and solar practical experience.

Developer: GEM Energy
Contractor: GEM Energy
Modules: First Solar
Inverters: SMA
Racking: SunLink

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Old Port Parking Garage

Portland, Maine  |  194 kW

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The 194-kW system is the first solar parking garage canopy in the state of Maine. The system is on the top level of the Fore Street Garage and provides shaded parking and cover from the elements for vehicles and provides clean, local, renewable energy to the Hyatt Place. The highly efficient, 90 percent ground-level construction of QuadPod allowed the system to be built in just eight days from start to finish – record time for a parking canopy. The system will offset more than 23 percent of the hotel’s electrical consumption.

Developer: East Brown Cow Management
Contractor: ReVision Energy
Modules: REC TwinPeak
Inverters: SMA
Mounting: Quest Renewables

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Urban Health Plan “Solar Wall”

Bronx, N.Y.

Urban Health solar wall

The solar wall is innovative because it solved the urban solar problem of insufficient roof space.
New York City solar installation leader Quixotic Systems has designed an innovative solar solution in the heart of the Bronx at Urban Health Plan’s Simpson Pavilion. Unlike most rooftop systems, the 37-kW array has been installed on the side of the building – a “solar wall.” The PV system designed and installed by the team at Quixotic foregoes limited roof space in favor of the Bronx building’s south-facing four-story façade. The high-efficiency array features 104 SunPower 327 panels mounted on a custom vertical rack.

Developer: Quixotic Systems Inc.
Contractor: Quixotic Systems Inc.
Modules: SunPower
Inverters: Fronius
Mounting: Custom

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Worcester Greenwood Landfill

Worcester, Mass.  |  8.1 MW

worcester landfill solar project

This is the largest municipally owned landfill project in New England. Stretching across 25 acres, the Greenwood Street Solar Array is a $27 million project that is expected to pay for itself in six years and save the city $60 million over its expected 30-year life span. It will produce enough energy to power 1,340 homes per year.

Developer: Honeywell
Contractor: Borrego Solar Systems
Modules: LG Electronics
Inverter: SunGrow
Mounting: SunLink

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