Only two years after being built, the Hinesburg Town Garage just went solar!
Building Energy partnered with the Town of Hinesburg, Vermont Independent Energy, and the Hinesburg Energy Committee to install a 34.32 kW system. The system is expected to produce over 1,000 Megawatt-hours of clean solar power over the life of the project.
In 2018, the Hinesburg Town Garage was built to replace the previous, inefficient garage that was built in the 1950s. The new garage is a safe, spacious, and now solar-powered space for the Hinesburg Highway Department. With 12,000 square feet, the garage can hold the variety of road equipment needed by the Department to care for the 60+ miles of road in Hinesburg.
The Hinesburg Energy Committee developed a solar plan for the town that included installations at multiple locations throughout the town. They issued a request for proposals in May 2020. Building Energy and Vermont Independent Energy collaborated to win the bid and so far it is the first and only solar installation to be built.
On the flat roof of the garage, our team at Building Energy installed solar panels at a slight angle facing south to maximize the number of hours of sunlight captured. In total, we installed dozens of solar panels and inverters from SolarEdge with sophisticated internet data monitors.
These inverters have an impressive, industry-leading efficiency rating of 99.2%, leading to major savings over the life of the system. Plus, the internet data monitors allow our partners and the public to view the real-time performance of their system from a computer or mobile device. Our team at Building Energy will also be notified in the unlikely event of an issue with the system, and work to find solutions right away. Check out our dashboard to see what this system is up to right now!