The two-week Round 1 voting scrum has ended and we have our Project of the Year Finalists from the three categories of C&I, Utility-scale and Solar + Storage! Check them out below.
But there can only be one. Think about them carefully because it’s time to vote one last time and choose THE Project of the Year.
Voting runs until 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 1. Your voting ballot is at the bottom of the page.
Commercial & Industrial Winner
Worcester Greenwood Landfill
Worcester, Mass. | 8.1 MW
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.
Contractor: Borrego Solar Systems
Modules: LG Electronics
Lamesa Solar Facility
Lamesa, Texas | 131 MWdc
The Lamesa Solar Facility belongs to one of the largest utility-scale solar portfolios in Texas, consisting of 410,000 solar panels that provide clean power to 15,000 local homes. The installation process was one of efficiency. Almost immediately after groundbreaking, unexpected inclement weather threatened the delivery schedule and installation, but the tracker components were delivered on schedule with uninterrupted project logistics. Utilizing Array Technologies’ DuraTrack HZ v3, RES’s teams were able to install roughly 81 tracker rows per working day, completing the project with 25 percent fewer onsite workers in comparison to other solar tracking projects of similar size and scope. Originally expecting a 15-day commissioning period, RES completed the project commissioning in just 10 days.
Developer: BNB Renewables Energy Holdings, Renewable Energy Systems (RES)
Contractor: Renewable Energy Systems (RES)
Modules: Trina Solar
Inverter: KACO New Energy
Mounting: Array Technologies
Solar + Storage Winner
Roadrunner Food Bank
Albuquerque, N.M. | 366 kW solar | 60 kW storage
This project was New Mexico’s first commercial solar + storage installation and features two Sharp 30 kW SmartStorage systems paired with the site’s existing 366 kW solar rooftop array. Sharp’s SmartStorage® system was installed to reduce the property’s peak demand usage, which for commercial and industrial customers can represent up to 50 percent of a company’s monthly utility bill. For non-profits like Roadrunner Food Bank that operate on tight budgets, every dollar not spent on their utility bill allows them to use the savings elsewhere – such as redirecting it to solving hunger. Previously, the food bank payed on average $180,000 a year in utility bills with an estimated 30 percent of that going toward demand charges. The solar + storage system is expected to save the food bank approximately $30,000 per year in utility charges. The annual savings equates to around 150,000 meals in food distributed every year.
Developer: Affordable Solar
Contractor: Affordable Solar
Modules: Q-Cells and Hyundai (Two phases)
Inverters: Solectria (PV) and Ideal Power (ESS)
Mounting: UniRac RM
Thanks for voting! Check out the cover of the Nov/Dec Solar Builder to see which project won!
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