Carlisle Solar Project Presented With A 2011 PV Projects Of Distinction Awards
The Carlisle Area School District's one megawatt photovoltaic system was one of three solar projects in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic region to receive the first annual Projects of Distinction Awards presented by the Solar Energy Industries Association and the Solar Electric Power Association at the PV America show.
The awards celebrate major achievements in the US solar energy market that have been accomplished by companies, individuals, and projects.
When completed, the Carlisle School District project will represent the largest solar array ever deployed by a Pennsylvania school district. The project will generate about 1,500,000 kWh per year and reduce CASD's carbon footprint by nearly 2,055,000 pounds.
Serving as a centerpiece for community and scholastic education, the design employs multiple tracker and panel technologies with web-based monitoring to provide relative performance and energy savings comparisons.
The new ground-mount solar array includes 1,227 kW of Sharp's 240W monocrystalline panels and 9.2 kW of Sharp's 115W framed thin film panels, allowing students to study and compare the performance of both technologies.
The solar integrator is Henkels & McCoy, Inc.; panel supplier is Sharp Solar USA; rack supplier, NSM Solar Flex Rack; utility inverters, Satcon.
The Carlisle project combined a $1 million grant from the PA Energy Development Authority with more than $4.7 million in matching funds to install an array that will provide approximatley 15 percent of the annual power used by the school district.
This project will save the school district approximately $105,000 per year. The project is expected to generate more than 25,500,000 kWh of electricity over its lifetime.
The other two awards were presented to Silver Lake Solar Facility, Pittsfield, Massachusetts and the Family Residences and Essential Enterprises Project, Long Island, New York.
More than 150 submissions from all over the country were judged by an independent, non-partisan panel comprising 16 industry leaders, representing associations, consultants, distributors, government, integrators, manufacturers and utilities.
To qualify for the awards, all projects had to be operational and demonstrate a collective benefit to the community and innovative use of policy and financing to enhance the project's impact.
For more information, visit the Carlisle Solar Power Generation webpage.
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