Category: Commercial Installations

Commercial Ballasted Solar System

The very fine folks at Blue Ridge Graphics in Charlottesville are always looking for ways to be more eco-friendly in their screen printing operation. One of the big steps they have taken is to print your T-shirts using power from the sun!

Their building on Meade Avenue has a flat roof. In that case, we typically use a ballasted system, which is held down to the roof by ballast, or weight. This normally adds only 5 to 7 pounds per square foot to the roof load – something most commercial roofs can handle.

Right next door, at Brown’s Cleaners, we installed a large thermal system to heat the water used in the laundromat. Who knew? Their customers on East High Street are washing their clothes with the help of the sun! Make a point to look at their roof when you drive by. Both systems are sound business investments.

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This commercial solar installation will provide 100% of the power used in the flower growing operation at Blue Heron Farm in Nelson County, VA. It’s on a smaller scale than some of our other commercial installations, but no less exciting!

Owners Bev and Keith work to protect the environment by using organic practices on the farm. They felt compelled to speak out against the proposed pipeline cutting through their region, and they wanted to make a concrete change in the way they procure energy. They would have installed the system even if the return on investment was not so good. They have also installed a system to generate the electricity used in their home.

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This 36kW ground mounted system was the first of four systems we installed for Cedar Park Storage in Verona, Virginia. In total, CPS has over 75kW of installed photovoltaic (PV) solar. They also have a solar thermal system heating the water for the manager’s apartment and office warehouse complex.

The systems were installed using the REAP Grant, which provides 25% of the system cost back to the owner in cash. Return on invested capital for a system owner is above 25%. Business owners, we offer our grant writing service free of charge!

Please note, in all our systems, the panels are plum, level, ….perfect. We take pride in our craftsmanship.

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