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At the July 10 kick-off of Intersolar North America in San Francisco, Enerworks, Vanir Energy and ESA Renewables were celebrated as the winners of the first annual Intersolar AWARD for solar projects in North America. The Intersolar AWARD recognizes large and small projects that use advanced technology, incorporate aesthetic and architectural concepts and exemplify outstanding services and products.
Enerworks was selected for its Oxford Gardens Solar Project; a 5,594 sq. ft. system that produces 3.64kWh of electricity per square foot per day. The project is said to be the largest solar thermal heating and cooling project in Canada. Vanir Energy was recognized for its William G. White Jr., Family YMCA in Winston-Salem, NC. The 10,643 sq. ft. system produced 25,000 therms per year and used a PPA to help the non-profit organization attain over US$3 million in revenue from the local economy.
ESA Renewables was commended for its Martins Creek Elementary School project in Murphy, NC. The project is the third largest solar farm on school ground in the US at 999kW. The solar system is built across five acres and has produced 20% more energy than first projects – around 1.3 million kWh.
"This year's Intersolar AWARD winners in the new solar project category are great examples of trends we are seeing in solar projects," said solar promotion international CEO Markus Elsaesser. "These installations directly benefit the community with dramatic energy cost savings, educational opportunities and new jobs. They also play a key role in contributing to the amount of renewable energy on the grid, and we will continue to recognize those projects that move the industry forward."