The Aspen Water Treatment Plant PV system, Sol Energy's most recent civic project, is an expansion of their already existing 21kW photovoltaic array designed and installed by Sol Energy in October 2008. Their Phase I solar energy, with its excellent solar access, has successfully produced 36,000kW hours of energy which is enough to offset the energy used by four homes and has performed better than anticipated.
When it came time to complete Phases II and III, Sol Energy was again the winning bidder due to the quality of work during Phase I and the ongoing reputation for attractive design and fair pricing. Both of the remaining phases were completed by Sol Energy in February 2011. The 71.6 kW addition is expected to produce 134,053 kW/year, roughly offsetting 66% of the water treatment facility's annual energy consumption.
This project was a recipient of the New Energy Economic Development (NEED) grant from the Governor'd Energy Office. The grant assissted in funding the project by matching dollar for dollar up to $150,000. With the extra funding provided the Aspen Water Treatment Plan was able to increase the total system size from 63kW to 93kW to better serve the facility's energy needs
Sol Energy has played a significant part in the realization of the City of Aspen's Renewable Energy Program.