APsystems is proud to announce the winners of our annual Project Awards for 2020

Despite a certain microbial danger, it’s been a dynamic and exciting year at APsystems. Solar power has made significant headway toward becoming a mainstream power option despite the health crisis that defined 2020.

Why is that? Because there are more intelligent and creative people than ever involved in urging our energy culture toward this new, cleaner path to independence. Designers. Developers. Dreamers and builders of the new.

Each year, solar power system components designer and manufacturer APsystems selects two completed solar project installations—one residential, one business—that we feel deserve special recognition for inventiveness, prescience, and cohesion of philosophy and design sensibility. These projects put solar power in its best light, and illuminate the way moving forward as we continue to fight the good fight against those ecological liabilities, fossil fuels.

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This year, we had so many entries that we decided to call attention to both runners-up in each category, and the recipient of a new Special Recognition accolade. The overall winners were Louisiana-based The Next Solar Energy Technology, the solar power project transformed a solar array into a symbol of restored freedom in the Deep South, and SkyFire Energy of Calgary, Alberta provided more than 2.1 MW of solar power to their Jayman houses, with over 6800 modules across more than 1100 systems.  Runners-up were installations from Okanagan Solar and Hot Solar SolutionsA special recognition to Dynamic Solar and Electric NW.

Learn more about this project here.

We hope to see even more contest entries next year, as solar power continues its forward momentum, and new creative forward-thinkers show their chops in the context of our uniquely rewarding industry and its community.

A Timely Solar Power Conversion in the Deep South

One of the most galvanizing 2020 APsystems project entries arrived courtesy of The Next Solar Energy Technology, and it took the APsystems honors for commercial winner in 2020. With an astonishingly prescient sense of timing, the Kenner, Louisiana-based solar power company transformed a solar array into a symbol of restored freedom in the Deep South.

Next Solar Energy was contacted by Liberty Self Storage, a multi-site business in Louisiana, about taking on the conversion project for one of their locations. Liberty Self Storage had dedicated itself to green energy in 2016, commissioning solar conversion for the first 9 of their 12 stores in St. Tammany Parish, but wanted to do something different for this location.

Next Solar Energy’s design arranged the solar panel array into an American flag. In trading string inverters for 64 APsystems microinverters in the project design, they created one of the most energy-efficient locations in the Liberty chain, and helped Liberty take the prize as one of the most progressive mid-sized companies in the South.

Learn more about other 2020 project winners here.

A Calgary Solar Power Connection

It doesn’t only have a marvelous name. Calgary’s SkyFire Energy is one of the most dynamic solar power outfits in Alberta. By linking solar systems and EV charging stations, designing solar/battery hybrid solutions, and positioning their brand via business, agriculture and First Nations project context specialties, SkyFire is one of the most innovative and community-oriented residential solar system providers in the Province. But it was their partnership with and system installations for Jayman Homes, also in Calgary, that made them the overall winners of APsystems residential Project Award for 2020.

SkyFire used APsystems components for their partnership with fellow progressive Calgary business Jayman Homes, a residential contractor who wanted to bring solar panels into the picture as a standard feature on all new builds. The two companies shook hands in 2018. As of their project competition entry date, the SkyFire systems provide more than 2.1 MW of solar power to Jayman houses, with over 6,800 modules across more than 1,100 systems.

Jayman homes are sold with a 6-panel system, and APsystems microinverters are used for every build. The cost/benefit of APsystems products in the context of contracting for developments allowed Jayman to keep the per-home cost down, an attractive feature for younger first-time buyers desiring to offset their new home’s energy footprint.

Learn more about other 2020 project winners here.

A Large Array Supports Business in Washington State

In creating the solar array for the headquarters of Kennewick-based multi-business building CC West, local innovators Hot Solar Solutions had a whale of a time. The company was commissioned to convert the CC West building into a full solar site, giving their engineers and designers nearly 14,000 sq. ft. of roof area to use!

277 panels went into the finished project, making it one of the largest solar arrays in the area: the biggest in the Benton and Franklin PUD areas, and a substantial feather in the cap of the homegrown, grassroots solar power firm. Hybrid hot water heaters throughout the building assist in total electrical consumption being 85% offset by the Hot Solar system.

APsystems microinverters sealed the deal for Hot Solar, providing high efficiency and lowering costs to best competitor bids and give the Kennewick-based company the contract. The result is a 99.7kW system that produces over 115,000 kWh of electricity annually. The CC West building’s energy efficiency is equivalent to taking 218 cars off the road annually.

Learn more about other 2020 project winners here.

 

A Residential Beacon in British Columbia

Headquartered in West Kelowna, British Columbia, Okanagan Solar has worked on residential and business projects across Western and Northwestern Canada, and in Nicaragua, where they’ve been active in volunteer work that promotes solar power as a potent economic and cultural solution.

One of Okanagan’s larger home town projects involved a multiple buildings at apartment community Carrington View. Okanagan was contracted for the last three buildings in the residential building project. The three buildings had to provide 277 kW. The Okanagan team elected to use APsystems 3-Phase YC1000 microinverters for additional efficiency and simplicity of installation. The YC1000 units helped the company bring the project in on time and on budget.

After Okanagan completed the work in mid-2020, Carrington View was graced with the distinction of having the biggest collection of residential solar installations in the Province. The aggregate services all 474 apartments and condominiums, and stands as proof positive that solar is both economically and ecologically advantageous.

Learn more about other 2020 project winners here.

 

Community Confluence: Solar Power and Cultural Identity

For the first time, APsystems annual Project Awards has decided to give special recognition to a solar power company and its project: Yakima’s Dynamic Solar and Electric NW, and their installation at La Casa Hogar, a non-profit collaboration.

Dynamic Solar and Electric NW and La Casa Hogar occupy overlapping cultural and sociological space in Southern Washington State: both organizations are strong representatives of the Latina community in their home town of Yakima, and both are community-oriented and progressive.

In approaching the La Casa Hogar project, Dynamic Solar was therefore engaging with the Yakima community in a profound manner. La Casa Hogar, too, is so involved; a community center that specializes in education, assistance and cultural sustenance, the roots of the organization reach back to the 1980s.

A standing seam metal rooftop array was the 100% energy-offsetting solution Dynamic developed for La Casa Hogar. Using APsystems’ YC600 and QS1 microinverters made the system super-efficient and extremely failure-resistant, and kept the project within the guidelines for the Blue Sky Pacific power grant that funded the project.

Learn more about other 2020 project winners here.

 

Cascadia Solar & SolareAmerica earn 2019 APsystems Project of the Year Awards

Each year, APsystems selects one residential and one business winner for our Project Awards. The fact that solar power is rapidly gaining traction as a bona-fide alternative to traditional energy delivery made the selection process for the 2019 especially difficult! We had more entries than ever to consider.

This year, the APsystems Project of the Year Awards honor Washington’s Cascadia Solar, and Pennsylvania’s SolareAmerica. Both of these companies deserve recognition for their forward thinking, their inventiveness, and for helping so many people and businesses alike go solar at the dawn of this new decade.

Learn more about this project here.

Cascadia Solar took home our Residential Award. This growing firm is based in the northernmost corner of coastal Washington, and services the greater Olympic Peninsula region. APsystems chose to honor their contribution to The Walk, a progressive residential community on scenic Bainbridge Island. To help power The Walk, Cascadia used our QS1 and YC600 micro-inverters, and chose to install them discreetly on roofs, awnings and vertical end-walls.

Our Commercial Award went to SolareAmerica for their Wawa installation. Last fall, Wawa, a Pennsylvania-based company that owns over 400 gas stations in the Northeast, announced that 93 of their stations would be going solar. This store in Toms River is a representative of that new direction. The store uses 90 APsystems QS1 micro-inverters, installed by SolareAmerica, to handle its 360 modules, and deliver its 108 kilowatts.

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APsystems congratulates both winners of our 2019 Project of the Year Awards. And we especially look forward to seeing your entry in 2020, so be on the lookout for more information about the upcoming year’s competition!

SolareAmerica wins 2019 APsystems Project of the Year Award for WaWa Array

Alternative energy refueling stations are multiplying across North America and Europe. In a way, each is a symbol of ecological relevance in and of itself.

But eco-relevance is good business sense, and it’s now emerging at traditional gas stations, too. Last autumn, as Wawa, Inc. pledged to double the number Tesla Supercharger installations in their network of stores, they also pledged to make 93 of their stations in New Jersey solar powered businesses.

This representative Wawa store in Toms River, New Jersey, is the winner of APsystems’ 2019 Commercial Award for integrating solar power into the context of day-to-day trade and transaction. This gasoline island uses 90 APsystems QS1 micro-inverters for its array of 360 modules in SolareAmerica’s installation, delivering the 108 kilowatts that provide power for a significant portion of the business.

The decision of Wawa, Inc. to take this considerable step toward decreasing their corporate carbon footprint makes each of these 93 stations a symbol of broad-spectrum acceptance of alternative energy. Their decision to use talented and capable solar installers SolareAmerica for these projects is also a brilliant move. We congratulate them for their forward-thinking business acumen.

 

Cascadia Solar wins 2019 APsystems Project of the Year Award for The Walk

In the past five years, residential solar has found mainstream acceptance; developers of alternative energy-based communities are blossoming, and driving solar energy into a vibrant new phase as 2020 begins. The Walk—a residential community on Bainbridge Island, in Washington State—is a case study that deftly illustrates this trend, and its outlook as we enter this new decade.

The inverter installations designed for the townhomes of The Walk are the work of Washington State’s Cascadia Solar, a division of Frederickson Electric that develops custom solar energy solutions for homes and businesses in the greater Olympic Peninsula region. The firm used APsystems’ QS1 and YC600 micro-inverters for the project, installing them discreetly on roofs, awnings and vertical end-walls.

We congratulate Cascadia Solar on their inventive design sensibilities, and for their role in establishing mass residential solar—and the first Living Building Zero Energy registered community—on Bainbridge Island.

Swiss Solar Tech, Okanagan Solar earn 2018 APsystems Project of the Year Awards

2018-iconAPsystems congratulates installers Swiss Solar Tech Ltd. and Okanagan Solar Ltd., both of British Columbia, Canada, as winners of our annual Project of the Year Awards.

Swiss Solar Tech Ltd. is honored in the Commercial category for the Poplar Grove Winery/Vanilla Pod Restaurant project in BC’s Okanagan Valley. The project creatively showcases APsystems YC1000 true 3-phase microinverters as a visual design element in the 46.36 kW array, creating a solar-shaded outdoor restaurant patio.

Okanagan Solar Ltd. is honored in the Residential category for the Carrington View Apartments installation in West Kelowna, BC. The 225 kW project uses APsystems YC1000-3 microinverters to create an ambitious three-building, 240-unit solar-powered complex, demonstrating the vitality and growth of multifamily solar.

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APsystems thanks all installers and customers who participated in the 2018 Project of the Year Awards contest.

Read more about the Swiss Solar Tech commercial installation here.

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Read more about the Okanagan Sola residential project here.

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