Community solar project hits 50kW with APS microinverters
Demand for shares in an eastern Washington community solar installation was so strong, sponsoring utility Inland Power & Light boosted capacity with a second array.
The arrays are powered by APS YC500 microinverters, distributed by Blue Frog Solar of Poulsbo, Wash. Installation was by Brimma Solar of Seattle.
A member-owned utility, Inland Power made units in the solar installation available to its ratepayers through a lottery.
"The project sold out immediately," said John Francisco, chief of energy resources for Inland Power.
Unit holders will get credit for their portion of the array's power production, along with a pro rata rebate from the state under Washington's Renewable Energy Cost Recovery program.
Inland Power & Light serves 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.