By Gary Thomas
Motech Americas, a manufacturer of high-quality solar panels, has declared that East Coast Installation of the Year award has been given to Ray Angelini (RAI) for the installation of its solar photovoltaic (PV) system in the Long Branch School District, New Jersey.
A project must represent new design, efficient installation, quality workmanship and best safety practices, in order to be qualified as a Motech Installation of the Year.
Motech manufactures IM60 235 W solar modules in Delaware and these modules were used by RAI to design and install 10 solar PV systems, including two canopy and eight roof arrays, in the district. RAI installed the 559 kW largest array, including 2,379 panels, on the high school’s roof. Solar panels were installed at seven other sites all over the district, including installation of 773 kW at Long Branch Middle School, a 100 kW at Anastasia Elementary School, a 189 kW at Morris Avenue School, a 156 kW at Lenna Conrow Elementary School, a 101 kW at Audrey Clark Elementary School, a 62 kW installation at Gregory Elementary School and 14 kW at the Long Branch Board of Education.
Flat roofs cover most of the school building in the district, as they can receive clear and direct sunlight and the solar panels can collect and produce optimal solar power. Besides the installation of solar panels on the schools roofs, solar canopies are also installed over two school parking lots. More than 2,357 kW of power will be generated by the system in a year. The district obtains credits from solar renewable energy with the help of solar panels and the credits may create additional grants for the schools. The active solar panels have started producing solar energy at all these sites.