The Crissy Field Center is an award-winning, multicultural environmental education center operated in partnership by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, National Parks Service and Presidio Trust. Since its opening in 2001, the Center has served more than 800,000 youth and their families through school field trips, public workshops, afterschool programs, summer camps and more. Their programs are internationally regarded as innovative models for education and sustainability.
The Crissy Field Center is a pending Leed Platinum Certified facility, which houses an arts workshop, gathering room, media lab, resource library, science lab and café. This makes for one of the most environmentally sustainable buildings in the nation. In an effort to continue on that environmental trajectory, Luminalt Solar Energy Solutions was brought on board to install the Enphase Microinverter System for the Center in the Presidio.
Why use Enphase?
The Crissy Field Center wanted to use the best and latest technology available to help mitigate shade and module mismatch issues; plus they were dealing with limited space on site to fit conventional inverters. While shading is minimal at the site, there are still quite a number of trees and a few rooftop vents that allow for moderate morning and afternoon shade. Module-level monitoring was a big factor in their decision to use Enphase microinverters as well.
Feedback so far:
"The client is very happy with the system. Even though the system was shut off for about a month this winter while we installed a wind energy system at the site, the annual production will still exceed our estimate." said August Goers, VP of Engineering of Luminalt.
Matched with 225W Suntech modules, the estimated annual production from the 23.9kW array is 33.8MWh.
Locally owned and located in San Francisco, Luminalt designs and installs solar electric and solar hot water systems in the SF Bay Area. Founded in 2004, Luminalt’s focused and sustained commitment to the highest standard of quality and customer satisfaction have made them one of the leading installers in the Bay Area.
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