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Gallery of solar systems for commercial and government

St. David’s Episcopal Church

| Austin, Texas

Aerial image of St. David’s Episcopal Church solar carport structure
Aerial image of St. David’s Episcopal Church solar carport structure
Aerial image of St. David’s Episcopal Church solar carport structure
Aerial image of St. David’s Episcopal Church solar carport structure
SolarWorld solar panels at St. David’s Episcopal Church
Installation of final solar panel at St. David’s Episcopal Church

St. David’s Episcopal Church

Austin, Texas
Custom carport structure

Completed June 20, 2014
Installed by Meridian Solar

System details:

  • 149.76 kW
  • 576 solar panels
  • 260 W mono Sunmodule™ solar panels
  • 1 AEG POwer Solutions MPV.120 Inverter
  • Custom-engineered racking solution
  • Custom-designed control system to prevent back feeding on downtown network

System Overview:

The 149.76kW installation consists of 576 fixed tilt SolarWorld 260W Modules mounted on a cantilevered carport on the top level of the parking garage structure. The system is sized to produce 200MWh per year, which will provide electricity for a church, day school, coffee shop, homeless resource center, and off-site classes for our local community college. At the time of commissioning, this project was the largest solar installation in downtown Austin.

Unique attributes:

In the past, a project of this size was too risky in downtown Austin. Downtown networks have been set up to only allow electricity to flow in, creating better protection for densely populated areas. An initial concern of the project was that on the days when more solar energy was generated than needed, the excess would try and pump back into the grid causing significant problems. With this project in mind, Meridian Solar helped create a sophisticated control system that permits the solar array to be connected to the utility’s electrical service, all while prohibiting the excess generation from back feeding into the downtown network.

The control system will include one inverter and an AC utility disconnect to isolate the system from the utility grid. A minimum import relay will be installed to prevent back feed of solar photovoltaic energy to the network protectors owned by Austin Energy. In addition, a dynamic control system will be used to adjust inverter output levels to follow the customer load without back feeding photovoltaic energy to the network protectors owned by Austin Energy. Settings for the network protectors, the minimum import relay, and the dynamic controller will be adjusted and evaluated under a pilot program being conducted by Austin Energy.

From the customer:

“Through our solar energy project, we are fulfilling God’s call to be stewards of creation. In addition, as we save significant money on our utility costs, those resources enable us to fulfill other aspects of the Gospel as we care for those in the Austin community, including our homeless brothers and sisters and local service agencies.”
- St. David’s Rector, the Rev. David Boyd

“This achievement is the latest chapter in St. Davids’ long history of contributions of the Austin community.” By helping resolve difficult issues related to our electric grid, St. David’s has moved us closer to our goals for local solar generation, and has demonstrated once again the value of its longtime partnership with the City."
- Austin City Council Member Chris Riley

“We had a window of opportunity that opened with a newly created pilot program by Austin Energy, federal rebates, low interest rates, and the advancement of technology. Everything came together so well with the help of Austin Energy and Meridian Solar, we were finally able to carry it out”.
- St. David’s Parish Administrator Terry Nathan

Burke Solar Pavilion and Solar Canopy

| Cincinnati, Ohio

Burke’s 380kW solar electric canopy system in downtown Cincinnati
Burke’s 12.25 kW solar electric employee pavilion (nestled between Burke’s parking canopies
and Interstate 75 on the western edge of Burke’s 7 acre campus)
Burke employees enjoying a productive meeting under their new solar electric pavilion
Burke electric vehicle charging stations under solar electric canopy

Burke Solar Pavilion & Solar Canopy

Cincinnati, OH
Custom pavilion and canopy structure

Completed December 20, 2013
Installed by Dovetail Solar and Wind

System details - Burke parking canopy:

  • 368.73 kW
  • 1,505 solar panels
  • 245 W poly Sunmodule™ solar panels
  • 1 PVPowered 260 kW Inverter and 1 PVPowered 100 kW inverter
  • Custom-designed and fabricated canopy structure

System details - Burke solar pavilion:

  • 12.25 kW
  • 50 solar panels
  • 245 W poly Sunmodule™ solar panels
  • Custom-designed and fabricated pavilion structure

System Overview:

Burke’s solar electric solar parking canopies and solar pavilion allows Burke to generate thousands of kilowatt hours of clean, renewable electric over the life of the system. Burke’s renewable energy investment was constructed using 1,505 American-made SolarWorld 245 watt polycrystalline solar modules mounted on five large raised solar canopies and 50 SolarWorld 245 watt polycrystalline solar modules mounted on a custom designed solar pavilion structure. The solar modules on the parking canopies feed two PVP Powered inverters that convert the DC solar generated electricity to AC electricity for general use on Burke’s campus. Monitoring is by Locus Energy. The electric car charging stations were manufactured by Eaton.

This is the largest solar electric system in downtown Cincinnati and the only solar parking canopy system in downtown Cincinnati when installed.

Unique attributes:

The system features a gently curved design to match the existing aesthetics present on Burke’s LEED Gold seven acre campus in downtown Cincinnati. Not only does this unique solar installation generate approximately 30% of Burke’s electrical generation requirements, but it also shades the employees’ cars year round. Burke employees that own electric cars appreciate the free on-site EV charging stations. Burke employees use the solar pavilion for break times, lunches, company gatherings, and team meetings.

From the customer:

“Our new solar canopy installations have generated employee excitement, given us an edge in recruiting, and impresses clients,” said Mary Beth Mapstone, CPA, Senior Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services for Burke. “This is priceless!”

4 Megawatt rooftop solar installation providing energy for 17 businesses

| Edison, New Jersey

Avidan 4 MW solar panel installation in NJ
Avidan 4 MW solar panel installation in NJ
Avidan 4 MW solar panel installation in NJ
Avidan 4 MW solar panel installation in NJ
Avidan 4 MW solar panel installation in NJ
Avidan 4 MW solar panel installation in NJ
Avidan 4 MW solar panel installation in NJ

Avidan Management

Edison, NJ
Rooftop installation

Completed 2011
Installed by Solar Nation

System Details:

  • 4.26 MW
  • 17,745 solar panels
  • 240 W mono Sunmodule™ solar panel
  • 8 SMA Inverters

System Overview:

  • The largest rooftop solar installation in America at the time of completion
  • The system will produce over 5 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year, supplying over half the building’s energy needs and preventing 3,750 tons of CO2 emissions
  • The building’s 17 commercial tenants will receive discounted electricity rates, dramatically lowering their operating costs 

The Southeastern United States’ largest rooftop solar installation

| Orlando, Florida

1 MW roof-mount solar panel system at the Orange County Convention Center
Aerial view of the solar array on the Orange County Convention Center
1 MW roof-mount solar panel system at the Orange County Convention Center
Solar panels on the Orange County Convention Center
Orange County Convention Center

Orange County Convention Center

Orlando, FL
Rooftop installation

Completed 2010
Installed by Johnson Controls

System Details:

Customer Testimonial: 

“I’m pleased to write this product recommendation for SolarWorld SW-175 monocrystalline modules. These modules were installed last year as part of a highly-visible project at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC). The project was awarded a $2.5M state grant, involved several state and local government partners, and had a total value in excess of $8M. This project features a one-megawatt rooftop photovoltaic system which is the largest of its type in the Southeast United States.

Johnson Controls, Inc. was awarded a design/build contract by Orange County for a project called the Solar Photovoltaic Demonstration Facility and Climate Change Education Center. Essentially, the scope of the project was to install a one-megawatt PV system, four smaller “demonstration” PV systems, and to build-out an education center. The one-megawatt system used 5,808 SW-175’s and two of the smaller systems used an additional 124 of the same modules.

As you may be aware, SolarWorld modules are recognized in the industry as being high quality and highly reliable. Based on our experience thus far, we certainly agree. OCCC has also been impressed by the electrical output of our one-megawatt system. Energy production during the first 12 months of operation exceeded projections by 18.4%. Further information about the OCCC Solar Project, including live energy production and environmental data can be found at www.occc.net/community/solar_project.asp” – Jerry Daigle, Deputy General Manager, OCCC - June 28, 2010

America's largest publicly accessible solar installation

| Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati Zoo solar carports
Cars parked under the Cincinnati Zoo solar panels
Aerial view Cincinnati Zoo solar canopies
Family under the slar canopy
Arial view of solar panels at the Cincinnati Zoo
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Cincinnati Zoo

Cincinnati, OH
Parking lot canopy installation

Completed 4/20/11 
Installed by Melink

System details:

  • 1.6 MW
  • 6,400 solar panels
  • 245 W mono Sunmodule™ solar panel

System overview:

  • The greenest Zoo in America
  • The solar canopies provide shade for nearly 800 of the 1,000 spots available at the Zoo’s main entrance.
  • The solar panels will provide approximately 20% of the Zoo’s energy needs. That’s enough to:
    • power 200 homes each year
    • power 55,000 energy efficient CFL bulbs for a year
    • power your Wii for 95 million hours

Customer testimonial: 
"We believe that the combination of size and public accessibility, makes this solar array the most impactful array of any in the entire country," said Mark Fisher, Senior Director of Facilities, Planning, and Sustainability at the Cincinnati Zoo. "No where else has an array of this magnitude been placed in such an urban environment, allowing our visitors, and the general public at large, to be able to see first hand what solar photovoltaic energy is all about. The education potential of this advanced energy project is off the charts."

"As the greenest Zoo in America, there is no better place to showcase this technology and to help the public understand that not only is this technology the right thing to do for our energy future, but it makes absolute financial sense as well," said Thane Maynard, Executive Director of the Cincinnati Zoo.

Largest solar panel installation in Santa Cruz County

| Santa Cruz, California

Solar carport at Plantronics
Solar carport at Plantronics
Solar carport at Plantronics
Underside of the solar carport at Plantronics
Solar panels on the roof of Plantronics

Plantronics Headquarters

Santa Cruz, CA
Rooftop mounts and carports

Completed 2011
Installed by Barry Swenson Solar

System Details:

  • 608 kW
  • 2,482 solar panels
  • 245 W mono Sunmodule™ solar panels
  • 5 PV Powered inverters

System Overview:

  • The market leader in unified communications, Plantronics, has installed this 608 kW system at their headquarters in Santa Cruz, CA
  • This new system plus the existing 265 kW rooftop system will combine to provide about 80% of the buildings energy needs
  • The carports are curved to add aesthetic appeal and to maximize the system output