Solar Array Installation Courtesy of Microgrid Solar
In 2013, St. Louis based Microgrid Solar completed the installation of two solar arrays at the Saint Louis Science Center. The panels, installed on the main lobby roof and on the Oakland Avenue overpass, are visible to drivers along Interstate 64 and will produce over 33,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean energy per year. The installation included and provides:
2 solar arrays and an educational kiosk
33,000 kWh clean solar energy annually
100 SolarWorld panels
100 Enphase microinverters
In addition to helping the Science Center control utility costs, the installation will provide an excellent demonstration for educational purposes. Guests will be able to learn about the solar arrays by visiting the solar installation viewing area located outside of the Omnimax Theater. Said Bert Vescolani, President and CEO, Saint Louis Science Center, "Through the generous support of Microgrid, we now have solar power to help us continue our sustainability efforts and inform our guests."
Microgrid partnered with the Science Center previously, providing the solar power for EVie, the Science Center’s traveling electric truck, and outfitting the center’s newest gallery, Experience Energy, with a solar panel installation. Said Microgrid President & Principal Engineer, Rick Hunter, “Microgrid is looking forward to continued collaboration with the Saint Louis Science Center team to support their ongoing, important work in the energy sciences. These solar arrays are just the beginning of what we hope to do together.”
Microgrid worked in partnership with Enphase Energy, SolarWorld, Aschinger Electric, and OMG Roofing Products to deliver this project. Enphase manufactures the innovative microinverters used in the arrays to convert the sun’s DC electricity to AC power; SolarWorld manufactures solar panels in Oregon; Aschinger provided the electrical labor; OMG Roofing Products supplied the Power Grip System of attachments.