We’ve been busy installing new solar systems and replacing lower performing systems. In Encinitas we installed systems for two different homes, both with LG 315W panels and Enphase M250 Microinverters. One was a 10.08kW ground mount system providing enough power to run the house and a future car charging station. The other system was a roof mount system on tile with 30 panels making it a 9.45kW system. We even managed to work around the skylight.
In Oceanside we replaced a miss-matched 25 panel, 3kW system with 11 275W Canadian Solar panels in order to cut down on covered roof space, replace an inefficient system, and to clean up the ad-hoc array made up of tilt-mount, flush-mount, and free-mount panels on various parts of the roof.
Not everything that we’ve done this year has been residential though. Vista Hidden Valley Apartments in Vista, CA just west of Melrose asked us to bid a system to reduce their electric bill for the club house. We ended up installing a 64 panel 18.24kW system with 285W LG panels and M250 Enphase Micro-inverters on an S-tile roof. This is one of the lowest profile systems we have installed on a tile roof and it looks great.
Further to the north, we returned to Santa Rosa Academy Charter School in Menifee where we had performed the initial electric wiring for the institution. They asked us to install a ballasted roof-mount system on the roof of their gym. This roof was of special design and only engineered for a maximum load. We made it work and installed a ballasted 92.12kW system connected to three SMA Sunny TriPower inverters. This was later increase to 112.6kW and one more SMA Sunny TriPower inverter when additional funding was acquired.