21 Apr 2011

Equinox & Solstice Apartment Complexes – 13 & 22 kW

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We were both excited and honored when homeWORD, a local non-profit for affordable housing, asked us to join their team of builders in constructing two extreme energy-efficient apartment complexes in downtown Missoula.  Sunelco was responsible for the design and construction of large roof-mounted photovoltaic arrays on each building.  Our goal was to create a robust, cost-effective system that would allow for minimum maintenance and maximum cost-effectiveness.  After all, the idea was to keep the housing affordable.  We were able to accomplish this by fastening our solar arrays to steel I-beams installed through the roof. We also set the tilt to the optimal angle for year-round production, while keeping in mind the high wind speeds at 4 stories up.

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