From the rooftops of landmark buildings to ground-mount arrays on rural farmsteads, solar power can find a place in just about any setting.
We asked our APS partners to send us their best, most outstanding solar installations from the past year, and that's exactly what they sent us.
Now APS is proud to congratulate tenKsolar and RR Lane Solar Distributing for earning Project of the Year Awards for commercial and residential applications, respectively.
Read about these dynamic examples of solar ingenuity and APS technology at work in challenging applications, and join us in congratulating tenKsolar and RR Lane Solar Distributing for their inspiring efforts.
COMMERCIAL WINNER: tenKsolar, DAR Constitution Hall project
The Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall is the largest concert space in Washington, D.C., and one of the most revered buildings in the nation's capital.
Bringing solar to this National Historic Landmark Building posed an exceptional challenge: any renovation or addition would have to preserve the architectural integrity of the structure - including the roof.
TenKsolar and installer Standard Solar met the challenge with the proprietary REFLECT PV system, which includes APS YC500 microinverters.
For this outstanding application of APS microinverter technology atop one of the nation's landmark buildings, tenKsolar has earned the APS Project of the Year Award for commercial applications.
"We salute tenKsolar for what is truly a showcase solar installation," said Paul Barlock, APS Senior Vice President. "Constitution Hall holds a special place among our nation's historic buildings, and we're very honored that tenKsolar and APS could help preserve and enhance it."
Read the whole story on the tenKsolar DAR Constitution Hall project here.
RESIDENTIAL WINNER: RR Lane Solar Distributing, Bauer home & farm
Designing a PV system to meet both residential and agricultural needs required a microinverter solution with flexibility and power.
The challenge was compounded by the distance between the solar array and the monitoring devices in the home. Only a system with robust wireless capabilities would suffice.
When other microinverter systems failed, a resourceful installer contacted Rich Varlinsky, owner of Chico, Calif.-based RR Lane Solar Distributing, to see if a solution could be engineered. Rich proposed the APS microinverter solution to complete the Bauer PV system in Los Molinos, Calif.
For their creative application of APS microinverter technology in this demanding setting, RR Lane Solar Distributing has earned the APS Project of the Year Award for residential applications.
"RR Lane Solar really put our microinverters and monitoring solutions to the test, and they succeeded where competitors just couldn't get the job done," said Paul Barlock, APS Senior Vice President. "One of the hallmarks of APS technology is its flexibility and functionality in all environments, and RR Lane proved it."
Read the whole story on the RR Lane Solar Distributing Bauer project here.