Solar project wins Intelegant Award

The installer of the solar array on the Wayne N. Aspinall building is the recipient of the SunPower 2013 Intelegant Award for Excellence.

The solar array installed atop the historic Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Grand Junction is being recognized for its advanced technological properties with a national award.

The installer of the 123-kilowatt photovoltaic project, Sunsense Solar of Carbondale, is the recipient of the SunPower 2013 Intelegant Award for Excellence, it was announced. According to a release, the award recognizes residential and commercial SunPower installations that show a “commitment to excellence in aesthetics, quality, workmanship and customer satisfaction.”

Sunsense previously received the 2010 residential version of the award.

The company’s president and owner, Scott Ely, said Sunsense was proud to “provide a high profile project with a high quality solution,” in announcing the 2013 award.

The project is unique in that the solar array was installed despite limited roof area, and to maximize energy production, solar panels with efficiencies of 20 percent were used. Sunsense worked with SunPower engineers on the design to achieve net-zero production targets and meet “very strict aesthetic requirements,” Sunsense said.

Funded via federal stimulus dollars, the building is today considered one of the most energy-efficient and sustainable historic buildings in the country. It now carries a LEED Platinum certification, and is the first net-zero energy building listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


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