Thursday, June 7, 2012
Westport Winery Solar Array
We have been working on this 36 panel (7.2 Kilowatt) system at Westport Winery for the last few weeks. It is a solar awning for a small restaurant in the winery. This was a unique job for Global Green Energy (my employer) for two reasons. First, it was the first commercial job we have completed and second, it was the first array we built that did not mount on a roof, but the panels act as the roof. This was interesting, because you can stand under the awning and look up through the panels.
They are Silicon Energy panels, manufactured in Marysville, WA. They use polycrystalline cells (for more info on the difference between polycrystalline and monocrystalline cells read this article). We finished wiring the system yesterday and powered it up. We were running 13 amps from each inverter (there are two for this system). Now with an electrical and building inspection we are complete. On to Bainbridge Island for our next 16 panel system.