IBEW 569 Solar Power
When the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 569 decided to retrofit photovoltaics on its electrical training facility, Sullivan Solar Power was contracted to provide the roof-mounted super structure and array. Visible from the 163 freeway and Balboa Ave, this monolithic array is comprised of (430) Sharp solar modules, manufactured in the United States, and SMA inverters. The aggregate output of the array is expected to produce 134,578 kWhrs per year. This is the first installation of its type in Southern California. This solar power system is paid rebates based on the amount of kilowatt hours produced per quarter. When the rebate monies for the State of California were depleted for commercial projects, the State introduced the Pilot Performance Based Incentive Program. Being as the system production is crucial to secure the maximum amount of rebate monies, Sullivan Solar Power had to make sure the system would produce as much as possible given the site specifics. With multiple roof obstacles covering the roof, Sullivan Solar Power designed and installed a steel superstructure to elevate the entire solar array above the roof surface. As a result the system capacity was dramatically increased from what other consultants had told the IBEW could be installed. The system was designed with (18) inverters to safeguard against the unlikely event an inverter failed. While it would have been cheaper to use a single-point inverter, Sullivan Solar Power wanted to make sure this system would continue to produce regardless of failures. To date the system has outperformed projections. It has eliminated the electric consumption charges of the building and one of the additional benefits of this design is that the AC runs much less as the roof is shaded all year long from the array. This is one of the largest roof mount solar power systems in San Diego.This type of installation, performance based, is now the required installation for commercial installations in California. Once again, Sullivan Solar Power proves its leadership by being the first to install such a system.