2016 Photovoltaic Project of Distinction Winners Announced

The award recognizes the highest achievement for a PV solar energy project of any scale

ALEXANDRIA, VA, Feb. 24, 2016 — Four solar projects have been awarded the 2016 Photovoltaic Project of Distinction award.  Each award winning project presented exemplary solar projects that are paving the way for how energy is being used today, and what is in store for the future of the solar industry.

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and SEPA work together to judge and present the prestigious award.  Nine companies (listed alphabetically) received recognition as being part of the award-winning projects: Advanced Solar Products, AF Mensah, Inc., Borrego Solar Systems, Inc., Enphase, Hopewell Valley Regional School District, My Generation Solar, Renewable Energy Massachusetts and Syncarpha Capital LLC.

Below are the projects that were recognized at Solar Power PV Conference & Expo – Boston on February 24, 2016:

National Grid – Solar Phase II


National Grid’s Solar Phase II project locates and installs its PV systems on sites deemed to bring the most benefit to the electric distribution system, even if it presents a challenging construction. When completed there will be eighteen projects, built in specific targeted locations to help better service the grid, with advanced inverter functionality and remote control capabilities. Throughout this innovative project, National Grid has  partnered with local solar developers and towns with aspirations of engaging local high schools and colleges to get them involved in an effort to expand the potential value these type of solar projects with learnings applied to future installs. Participating companies include:

  • National Grid
  • Borrego Solar Systems, Inc.

Palmer Airport Brownfield


The Palmer Airport project is the first and largest solar array on a qualified brownfield under the Massachusetts DOER SREC II program, the result of a successful public/private collaboration. The project was constructed adjacent to a decommissioned landfill on the site of former private airport, and is already being replicated on the landfill site. Three public entities – the Towns of Leicester and Spencer, and Worcester State University will all receive energy credits generated by the project, resulting in millions in cost savings. Participating companies include:

  • Borrego Solar Systems, Inc.
  • Renewable Energy Massachusetts
  • Syncarpha Capital LLC

PSE&G Solar Storage Pilot


The Hopewell Valley Central High School solar project was implemented as a part of PSE&G’s Solar 4 All program using integrated technologies to reduce solar impact on the grid and demonstrate reliability and grid resiliency. Located in Hopewell, NJ, it features an 876 kilowatt-dc grid connected solar system with lithium ion battery storage, comprised of a rooftop system on the school and canopy system over the school parking lot. The system is metered from SREC sale, and provides community benefits in the form of lease payments to the school and by providing a shelter and warming station during extended power outages and natural disasters. Participating companies include:

  • PSE&G
  • Advanced Solar Products
  • Hopewell Valley Regional School District
  • AF Mensah, Inc.

Sippican Community Solar Garden


The Sippican Community Solar Garden is unique business model that combined favorable state policies and incentives with smart technology and design choices to bring energy independence to residents, non-profits, and businesses in southeastern Massachusetts. The project produces 900-kilowatt-DC, featuring Enphase microinverter systems, and is expected to generate over 1,200 megawatt-hours per year, helping over 100 cooperative members across 23 towns to leverage the buying power of a large group to receive direct savings on energy costs. Participating companies include:

  • Enphase
  • My Generation Solar

The projects are judged by the following criteria:

  • Design – Overcoming design challenges; innovation; aesthetics.
  • Technology (for the components) – Overcoming design challenges; innovation.
  • Policy and Financing – optimum, creative or unusual approaches to policy/finance.
  • Collaboration – Involvement with the community and among sectors (public/private, schools, etc.).
  • Community Benefit – Philanthropic; non-profit; low income.
  • Community Project Development – Does the project serve more than one user?
  • Ease of Replication – Can this business model or project approach be replicated?

Solar Power PV Conference & Expo – Boston is the premier solar event in the northeast.  The event features over 50 exhibitors, and 1,500 attendees.  Attendees visit the event to view the latest in solar technology, networking with solar industry professionals, learn about the policy impacting the northeast and to create more business opportunities.  The event takes place on February 24-25, 2016 in Boston, MA.




About Solar Power PV Conference & Expo

PV Conference & Expo (formerly PV America) is presented by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)®  and SEPA®, whose combined efforts have created a world-class, regionally focused and vertically integrated event for installers, designers and suppliers of photovoltaic (PV) technology and services. Unlike other PV conferences, all proceeds support the expansion of the U.S. solar energy market through SEIA’s and SEPA’s year-round research and education activities, as well as SEIA’s advocacy efforts. For more information about PV Conference & Expo and other Solar Power Events, visit www.events.solar.


About SEIA®

Celebrating its 42nd anniversary in 2016, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to champion the use of clean, affordable solar in America by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org.


About SEPA®

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) is an educational nonprofit that enables the transition to a clean energy economy by facilitating utility integration and deployment of solar, demand response, other distributed energy resources, and supporting technologies onto the grid. With more than 1,000 utility and solar industry members, SEPA provides unbiased market intelligence on utility solar and other distributed resources, up-to-date information about technologies and business models, and industry networking opportunities. For more information, visit www.solarelectricpower.org.


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