Yesterday, we competed in the first annual Solar Games championship round! The competition debuted at the Intersolar North America’s 2020 conference as a main attraction in the San Diego Convention Center’s Expo Hall. All three competing solar installation teams were NABCEP certified installers and were tasked with installing the main components of a solar system: racking, modules, an inverter, and a battery unit. The teams were judged on a point system for quality, safety, and speed.
“We started the Solar Games at Intersolar North America because we wanted to create a dynamic, live event for the show floor that highlights a vital segment of our industry—installers—as well as the innovative solutions our exhibitors are bringing to the market,” said Wes Doane, Event Director at Intersolar North America. “Solar Games checks all those boxes.” Equipment sponsors of the Solar Games opted to donate their solar+storage components post-competition to Twende Solar, a non-profit that aims to implement renewable energy systems for energy-deficient communities worldwide.
The Sullivan Solar Power team members who competed in this year’s Solar Games included General Foreman Gabe Von Wellsheim, Lead Installer Matt Faucher, and Project Managers Josh Craig and James McKnight. The team holds a combined 25 years of solar+storage experience between them and placed second, after completing two solar+storage installations over a two-day period.
“It was definitely a unique and fun experience, I’ve never had a cheering section during an installation before,” said Gabe Von Wellsheim of the Sullivan Solar Power employees who attended the competition in support of their colleagues. “Our team was proud to demonstrate the type of quality solar and battery storage installations we do every day across Southern California. We’re looking forward to competing again next year!”
To read more about Sullivan Solar Power’s award winning solar+storage installations, visit our solar installations page.