APS dual-module microinverters power a prominent new "community solar" installation in Spokane, Wash.
The ground-mount array sits in view of passing motorists on I-90, a prominent display of APS microinverter capability.
"It's producing extremely well," said John Francisco, chief of energy resources for Inland Power & Light, as he monitored the output of the new 30kW installation outside the utility's office. "We were fortunate to finish construction and energize the array during the span of several cloudless days so we could get a good feel for the performance of the array."
It's the first significant venture into solar for Inland Power, a member-owned utility serving about 39,000 residential and commercial customers in 13 counties in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. Founded in 1937, it is the largest electric cooperative in Washington.
The full cost of the system was funded by participating utility members, who were given the chance to buy shares in the system and reap the financial benefits of solar investment.
The project is also a showcase for Washington's thriving solar industry. The installation includes 56 APS YC500-MIW microinverters distributed by Blue Frog Solar of Poulsbo, 112 PV modules by Itek Energy of Bellingham, and racking by SunModo of Vancouver, Wash.
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