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Featured Array: Ste. Rose Solar Power

Jan 30, 2013

Featured Array: Ste. Rose Solar Power

Claude Gravel was thinking about the future, for his farm and for his family. He had been talking with his neighbors, as several of the local farmers were debating the idea of solar energy. Claude had several buildings on his property including one older chicken barn which faced almost due south, ideal for solar energy systems.

Then, at a public forum on renewable energy in Kemptville, Ontario, Claude was introduced to iSolara Solar Power by his friend Marcel Leroux. They talked with Claude about the other FiT projects they were engaged in, and he decided that he wanted to be in at the beginning. As the ex-mayor of La Nation, a township located within Canada’s National Capital Region, Claude understood the value in developing a new idea carefully, and then being decisive about moving forward with it.

Following an extensive site assessment and system design, iSolara Solar Power filed a FiT application to the Ontario Power Authority. The system was installed with 348 M215 microinverters, matched with 260 watt CSI modules. The yields achieved with this combination are unsurpassed in the region. In fact, in the first month Claude’s system exceeded 450kWh average daily energy production. Enphase Enlighten software allows him to compare the actual performance to what was expected. He and his family have been very happy with the results, from day one.

One interesting feature of this project was the challenge of installing on an older building. As is common, over the years buildings will settle and shift. So while the roof is very serviceable, it certainly wasn’t perfect. From the road it was obviously wavy and sloped towards the ends. As the racking was installed, the crew was able to adjust for the height differences across the array. The result is a visually attractive structure that offers straight, clean lines to anyone passing by.

As for the future, Claude is proud to provide a sustainable legacy for his two grand-daughters, which delivers clean renewable energy and a financial reward they will enjoy for years to come.

Installation Summary
Client: Claude Gravel
Location: St. Isidore, Ontario
System Designer and Installer: Isolara
System Size: 75kW
Modules: Canadian Solar CS6P-260W
Installation: 348 M215 Microinverters

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