Sharp Electronics’ Solar Energy Solutions Group and its customer, Third Sun Solar, have completed the largest PV project in Cincinnati.
The 101kW installation will power the Duke Energy Convention Center (DECC) and it is part of a conservation strategy undertaken alongside the city government. Over 400 modules now adorn the convention centre’s 11,500 square foot roof and with the help of 42kW Sunny Tower inverters they will help save about US$10,000 in annual utility costs.
“The City of Cincinnati and Duke Energy Convention Center should be commended for their aggressive pursuit of clean energy with a clear understanding of the long-term economic and environmental benefits,” said Eric Hafter, senior vice president, Sharp Solar Energy Solutions Group. “With nearly 50 years of experience in solar, we offer clients like Third Sun and the DECC peace of mind. Sharp stands behind our product and ensures our clients maximize their return on investment.”
As with most municipal solar projects, local and federal support was critical, and much of the funding for the DECC array came courtesy of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Ameresco oversaw project development.
“The Duke Energy Convention Center solar project is just the tip of the iceberg for our center's efforts with green initiatives,” added DECC general manager Ric Booth. “Our hope is to use this project to enhance our facility to national planners and to help grow the solar panel site to double or triple the amount of panels in place on the roof of the centre.”