In May, 2016 Secure Futures LLC completed a solar power generation system on the campus of the University of Richmond (UR) in Richmond, Virginia. Totaling 205 kW, the array was installed on the roof of the Weinstein Recreation and Wellness Center.
The UR project is home to the first commercial application of SolarWorld USA bi-sun solar panels, which increase efficiency by taking advantage of solar radiation from both direct sunlight on the front and ambient light from the back. Employing various roof and solar panel types, the array was designed to be a research and development tool for both UR students and faculty and SolarWorld Americas Inc. The project was also the first commercial-scale power purchase agreement (PPA) in the state of Virginia since a pilot program in Dominion Virginia Power’s territory began in 2013.
Press coverage of the array may be found here.
Click on the following link to see live data monitoring – including power generation and environmental impact – for the 205kW solar array on the Weinstein Recreation and Wellness Center.
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The solar system was installed by Shockoe Solar LLC in the spring of 2016. The company is based in Richmond, Virginia.
The project consists of 749 mono facial and bifacial solar panels manufactured by SolarWorld Americans Inc, in Hillsboro Oregon. This was the first project in the United States to make use of SolarWorld’s Sunmodule Bisun panel technology – which are projected to generate up to 25% more energy, when compared to the standard mono-facial modules. The Bisun panels can generate electricity from direct exposure to solar radiation as well as reflected sunlight on the back of the panel.
The project consists of two fixed tilt Unirac solar arrays located on the Weinstein Recreation and Wellness Center. The array system compares performance of standard modules using advanced p-type mono-PERC (passivated emitter rear contact) cell architecture and Bisun modules using the same cell architecture. In addition, both types of modules will be installed on top of both a gravel roof and a roof of vinyl-like white material TPO (thermoplastic olefin) to produce further performance data comparisons. Both arrays can be seen from the walkway of the Robins Center.
Secure Futures LLC monitors the system’s daily production online and conducts annual performance testing and maintenance on site.
The nameplate capacity of the solar modules is 204.8 kW DC. The project is comprised of both Bisun modules and monocrystalline SolarWorld USA panels.