Commercial Solar Installations, Case Studies, and Business Owners Reviews of Good Energy Solutions.
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- Topeka Zoo: Topeka, Kansas
- Grant County Bank: Ulysses, Kansas
- BOLD, LLC: Hutchinson, Kansas
- Kansas Office Building: Topeka, Kansas
- Midland Radio: Kansas City, Missouri
- SpurRidge Veterinary Hospital: Marion, Kansas
This Solar PV Awning at the Topeka Zoo in Topeka, Kansas consist of 9 327W SunPower Solar Modules and was designed and installed by Good Energy Solutions in 2014. Solar Awnings are a great solution if the roof space is not optimal and adds the benefit of shelter next to the building as well as shade that reduces cooling costs for the building in the summer.
Topeka Zoo Case Study
The Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center has always been focused on wildlife conservation and education. Naturally, the zoo’s focus on conservation has included hands-on efforts by employees as well as support for other animal friendly organizations around country and globe. However, conservation efforts by the zoo do not stop at direct aid to animals. The Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center actively tries to reduce their carbon footprint though efficiency upgrades in their facilities via the “Green Practices” program.
The “Green Practices” program has been responsible for a variety of upgrades to the facilities including installation of hand dryers in the restrooms to reduce paper waste and the addition of recycling stations around the zoo to reduce the amount of waste sent to local landfills.
A Solution Worth Showcasing
In 2014, the Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center decided to take their Green Practices to the next level by applying for a renewable energy grant from the local utility. The zoo wanted to show off their commitment to conservation and invest in a solution that would last. Enter Good Energy Solutions, Inc and SunPower with custom design and installation of a high efficiency solar system. Good Energy Solutions, Inc was able to mount a few modules on solar awnings to make the zoo’s investment visible. SunPower’s clean module design added further asthetic value.
Making the Best Investment
As many non-profits can relate, deciding how to spend capital can be a very tough decision. When the Topeka Zoo got word that they received grant funding from the local utiltiy for a solar project, the next question quickly became “how do we make this money go the furthest”?
Good Energy Solutions, Inc proposed SunPower modules for three main reasons: they last a long time, they are dense and therefore able to leave space for future expansion, and the Maxeon cell provides a clean look worth displaying at the rain forest building.
A Living Classroom
The aim of the solar grant was to engage the public and educate students. The awnings accomplished the public education facet of the grant. To accomplish the education facet, Good Energy Solutions, Inc and the Friends of the Zoo installed an educational exhibit to show how solar modules work and display solar production in real time.
This exhibit reaches nearly 200,000 visitors every year, many of whom are the youngsters who may only be seeing solar for the first time. Now they can go home knowing that clean and renewable energy is here, and that it is good.
Quick FactsSize of System: 13.407kW
Installation Type: 3 Awnings
Number of Panels: 41 (327W)
Actual Annual Output: 17,363kWh
"We believe what we do changes the world. Every choice we make save the planet."
— Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center. President, Grant County Bank
This solar pv array sits on top of Grant County Bank of Ulysses, Kansas and became operational on September 29th, 2016. The solar array generated over 5.12MWh of energy in the first 11 days of operation. The environmental benefit of 5.12 MWh is equivalent to: 7,935.66 lbs of CO2 Emission Saved, 199.87 planted trees, or 15,529.95 Light Bulbs Powered for a day.
Grant County Bank Case Study
Grant County Bank was looking for ways to reduce monthly energy bills amidst rising energy costs. Grant County Bank understood the value of owning its energy instead of renting it from the utility. Combined with falling prices, the longevity of solar arrays add additional value to the investment.
In September of 2016, Good Energy Solutions installed a 99.8 kW Solar PV array on the roof of Grant County Bank in Ulysses, KS. Already a leader in banking technology, Grant County Bank is now also a leader in renewable technology in Kansas.
Solar now offsets over 50% of the banks electricity needs, saving them over $10,000 per year in electricity costs. Grant County Bank prides itself on being a leader in banking technology in southwest Kansas and is excited to showcase its new green energy solar array.
Quick FactsSize of System: 99.8kW
Installation Type: Roof Mount
Number of Panels: 384
Estmated Annual Output: 165,000kWh
Number of Lamps: 1,200 LEDs
Good Energy Solutions first reduced the amount of energy used at Grant County Bank by replacing 1200 light bulbs with LEDs. The lighting energy savings is 105,000kWh/yr and peak demand savings is 19kW. Their previous year's energy bills ranged from $2,500 to $3,300. Their new bills should range from $800 to $1,500, an average saving of about $1,800/month.
"The bank prides itself in being a leader in banking technology in Southwest Kansas and is excited to showcase it's new green energy solar array." — Galen Pelton. President, Grant County Bank
This solar array was completed and became operational on June 26th, 2014. The array sits on top of BOLD’s commerical warehouse and is one of the largest privately held solar arrays in Kansas.
BOLD, LLC Case Study
With plans for the business to remain in the family, Bob Peel, owner of Bold LLC, wanted an investment that would continue to benefit future generations of the Peel Family. Bob saw the value of locking in the cost of his electricity for the long term and creating a revenue stream on his large flat roof.
One of the largest privately owned solar arrays in Kansas is comprised of 768 Winaico 260W solar modules each sitting in its own Renusol racking tray at a 15 degree tilt angle. The system employs 4 Fronius CL 44.4 Delta inverters and will be capable of producing 200 kilowatts(kW) of electrical power and will generate about 260,000 kilowatt-hours (kWhs) of usable electricity per year, which is equivalent to that needed to run 25 average homes.
The system will also help shade the roof of the warehouse from the hot Hutchinson sunshine during the summer, effectively lowering his space conditioning loads.
Quick FactsSize of System: 199.68kW
Installation Type: Roof Mount
Number of Panels: 768
Estmated Annual Output: 260,000kWh
"In hindsight we should have looked at this ten years ago...(the) pay off is not long term, so that is a false assumption...The government will pay 30% of the total cost, we also can take accelerated depreciation over 5 years, so we believe the payback of the system is about 6 years."
"Good Energy Solutions and Kevin did a great job of explaining everything and laying it out...(They) took a look at our facility to make sure our roof could hold the solar panels and to make sure we had the space to put in the inverters." "This was a no brainer, we thought these guys know what they are doing and they are going to do a great job...(Kevin) has done everything he has promised, he set firm deadlines and exceeded those deadlines. His people are easy to work with." "The professionalism and work ethic is tremendous."
See our blog for more details of this 200kW system construction. For the additional blog post, please click here.
This is an all electric office building located in Topeka, Kansas. The business owner was able to reduce energy use with high efficiency blowers in their HVAC system installed by Good Energy Solutions and now creates his own clean energy with solar.
All Electric Office Building Case Study
Kent Hollins, the owner of an all electric building located in Topeka, KS was experiencing extremely high electric bills and was concerned about the continued increase in cost of electricity.
Working with Good Energy Solutions, Kent was able to save money on his electric bill by making his office building more energy efficient with high efficiency blowers and installing a 43.7kW Solar PV array on the roof. Good Energy Solutions designed and installed the system consisting of (168) 260W PV panels.
Solar now offsets 30% of the buildings electricity needs, saving him $5,600 per year in electricity costs.
Quick FactsSize of System: 43.7kW
Installation Type: Roof Mount
Number of Panels: 168
Estmated Annual Output: 53,800kWh
HVAC System: 9 Blower Units
HVAC and LED Solutions
In addition to going solar, Good Energy Solutions installed 9 Blower units that made the HVAC blower systems more energy efficient. The permanent magnet motor drives save about 50% of the energy to move conditioned air throughout the building.
In 2015 the owner reduced the energy use by installing LED lighting. Before the LEDs were installed, the energy use was over 198,000kWh with bills totaling over $26,000.
Between 2014-2017, there have been two rate hikes, and the new annual energy usage is expected to be around 94,000kWh. Even with two rate hikes since 2014, the bills should be around $11,000.
LED lighting is a low cost way to reduce electricity usage. In addition to reducing electricity usage, LED lights require less maintenance because they last longer than fluorescents. Good Energy Solutions believes that applying multiple solutions, such as Solar + LEDs and/or HVAC blower systems is the best way to reduce electricity bills.
With the help of Good Energy Solutions, The office building now offsets 80% of it’s energy and is able to provide an electric car charging station.
"Our savings is right in line with what was proposed. I will be recommending Good Energy Solutions to my
colleagues" — Kent Hollins. Owner, Office Building
Midland Radio Case Study
With an eye towards reducing energy costs now and keeping them low in the future, Midland Radio looked into adding solar to the roof of their warehouse. Midland Radio is constantly adapting with the ever-changing communications industry, so it was no surprise that they went solar way ahead of the curve in Kansas in 2007.
In 2007, Good Energy Solutions designed and installed two 25kW solar pv arrays consisting of 212 235W PV panels on the warehouses of Midland Radio Corporation. The established high tech company chose Good Energy Solutions over the competition because of our attention to their specific needs.
Within 5 years, the system paid for itself through energy savings. Solar now offsets 21% of Midland Radio’s electricity needs, saving them $7,000 per year in electricity costs.
Quick FactsSize of System: 49.82kW
Installation Type: Roof Mount
Number of Panels: 212
Estmated Annual Output: 70,000kWh
"Not only does Midland become more sustainable by using less energy, but we also save money that can be allocated toward improving and advancing the technology of our products. Everybody wins" — Dan Devling. President, Midland Radio.
Spur Ridge Vet Hospital Case Study
In early 2015 Brendan Kraus, veterinarian & energy buff, wanted to turn his practice into a net-zero facility. After reviewing the options, he decided to use solar to achieve this goal.
Working with Good Energy Solutions, Spur Ridge Vet Hospital was able to make use of the nearby land by installing a ground-mount solar array. The 30 kW array consists of 98 panels.
Solar now offsets 100% of the vet hospital’s electricity needs, saving them $5,600/year in electricity costs. The switch to solar also helps Spur Ridge Vet Hospital fulfill part of their larger sustainability strategy to minimize their environmental footprint.
Quick FactsSize of System: 30kW
Installation Type: Ground Mount
Number of Panels: 98
Estmated Annual Output: 44,000kWh
Number of Lamps: 219 LEDs
After going solar, the vet hospital built an addition and their electricity usage began to outpace their solar production. With the added loads, solar was offsetting about 85% of usage. Brendan called Good Energy Solutions to add more solar to the existing array. After reviewing the hospital’s bills, Good Energy Solutions recommended an LED lighting upgrade. The LED lights were able to cut the lighting load in half, enough to return to 100% offset by solar.
LED lighting is a low cost way to reduce electricity usage. In addition to reducing electricity
usage, LED lights require less maintenance because they last longer than fluorescents.
Good Energy Solutions believes that applying multiple solutions, such as Solar +
LED, is the best way to reduce electricity bills.
"We began to consider alternative energy a few years ago as we struggled watching our electric bill ballooning due to growth of the business as well as increases in the local energy rates. We sized a solar field for 90% of our projected usage and installed it with help from a federal tax credit. The solar was easy, maintenance free, and produced exactly what the engineers projected. However, as our energy needs continued to grow, we realized we were only covering about 75% of our needs, and since it was nice to see the city bill reduced so much, we wanted to see about covering the remaining usage. Good Energy Solutions proposed that we change out our fluorescent bulbs for LED’s. We had about 200 modern fluorescent bulbs, and hadn’t really considered them as a large energy user. We have a real time electric meter that logs our usage and production, and noticed the day after the LED install that the base usage had dropped significantly. Although it’s only been a few months, we project that almost all of our yearly electric needs are now being met by the solar system. With a 7-8 year projected breakeven on the entire project, and a 20-30 year life, this system should make us a nice return. Plus, it feels good to see the electric bill drop from over $500 a month to just a few dollars." — Brandan Kraus. Veterinarian, Owner
Westar chose Good Energy Solutions to build their solar pv system on the roof of Westar’s Lawrence Service Center.
The installed solar system employs six separate arrays, each comprised of twenty, 327 watt SunPower PV modules feeding into a 6000 watt SolarEdge inverter, and each array is set to a different tilt angle.
Interest in solar power is growing. Westar’s solar pv system will enable it to collect data on the performance of solar arrays in the Lawrence area, to share with its customers “to help them make informed choices regarding solar energy.” Read our blog for more details and see photos of the development of the solar array.
Commercial Solar Hot Water
Good Energy Solutions installed this commercial solar hot water system at a new Holiday Inn. It included twelve Enerworks solar collectors with a 500-gallon solar storage tank.
276 solar modules create a unique space to host outdoor events. This 32' x 160' array produces 90kW hours of electricity every year, which is equivalent to the yearly energy use of 10 homes, and will annually save 45 tons of coal. Read our blog for more details and to see photos of the development of the solar array. To see additional images and information about the Birmingham Zoo solar array please click here.
Westar's pocket park located in Topeka, Kansas features 40 solar panels which provide enough power to charge two electric vehicles, the interactive lighting, 14 outlets and 10 USB ports! The pocket park also provides ample covered seating and free WiFi. Learn More about Solar Awning Installations by Good Energy Solutions.
The First Solar PV Awning located within the city limits of Lawrence, Kansas title belongs to Lawrence Creates Space. This Photovoltaic system is made of 20 solar modules and has been producing energy since July 2014.
This system was designed to maximize the roof space for the owner. We flush mounted 51-250watt modules with Enphase microinverters to get maximum wattage on the roof. This system will produce about 17,500 kWh/year and pay for itself through energy saving in about 7 years.
"Kevin was great to work with and followed up on every detail! Competitively priced, very good with every aspect of the job, and willing to be involved personally on the install! Super job!!" - Dave Goodman.
This system uses 96 solar modules and 2 11.4kW Inverters. It generates roughly 34,000kW hours a year.
5.2kW Rental Property in Kansas City, Missouri
This above system was installed on a 6 unit apartment building to offset the common space electric loads. We typically install our systems with steeper angles than most of our competition because they will generate more energy this way. It costs a little more up front, but pays off big time over its lifetime. Good Energy Solutions designs for efficiency.
9.1kW PV Agricultural System on a Small Barn in Kansas
This Agricultural project will average over 1,000 kWh per month for the next 25+ years.
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