Solar Builder

NOV-DEC 2018

Solar Builder focuses on the installation/construction of solar PV systems. We cover the latest PV technology (modules, mounting, inverters, storage, BOS) and equip installers/contractors with tips and tools to make informed purchasing decisions.

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32 N OV E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 8 B e s t Va l u e Harley-Davidson Rally Point at Sturgis Plaza | Sturgis, S.D. | 54.6 kW We already picked the best carport, but we had to select this cool carport at the Harley- Davidson Rally Point in the Sturgis Plaza too. So, we named it our Best Value for a few rea- sons. This space is used as a central gathering point during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and a few other public events during the year. Initially, the city was going to purchase fabric canopies to shade the plaza, but when they realized the fabric system would cost nearly as much as solar, they changed directions (not to mention that 40 percent of the building's usage would be offset in the summer and 80 percent in the winter). The main challenge was Interconnection Systems out of Central City, Neb., had to bore a 600 ft-long tunnel from the plaza to city hall, but the system was still constructed and installed in just five days in June. And though not typical for the QuadPod solar canopy, the steel for the system was requested to be powder coated black and looks even cooler than usual. Developer: Interconnection Systems Contractor: Quest Renewables Modules: Heliene Inverter: Fronius Mounting: Quest Renewables Editor's C h o i c e A w a r d s

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