Valparaiso-based Wayne Enterprises is proud to announce the commissioning of their 40.33 kilowatt (kW) bifacial roof-mount solar energy system for their new downtown Valparaiso Vale View facility. This is the most recent addition to the companyâ€™s development portfolio and adding solar power to the roof of the building was another step in the companyâ€™s long-term vision of lowering its carbon footprint and offering a clean energy solation to its residents.
The system is expected to generate approximately 50,000 kilowatt-hours of energy annually, which will significantly reduce the buildings energy costs. With the use of bifacial solar modules, the solar panels have ability to generate power from the backside of the module, as opposed to just the front with standard panels. This increase in solar production offered from bifacial technology, will improve the power output by up to 15% over mono modules.
â€śWe had decided to put solar on the Vale View development from nearly the beginning, and we were convinced that it was the right economic decision for the project,â€ť said Wayne Enterprises CEO Matthew Welter. â€śFrom a community standpoint, being a leader in our community is a something I take seriously. And being a leader in instituting renewable energy is something exciting for Valparaiso. Solar aligns with our goal of improving the value we provide for our residents and being a more sustainable organization.â€ť
Wayne Enterprises contracted Emergent Solar Energy out of Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette to design and build the solar project.
â€śWayne Enterprises made solar their first choice for lowering their operational costs,â€ť said Jeremy Lipinski, Managing Partner of Emergent Solar Energy. When I first viewed the roof plan for the Vale View project I and realized that the surface membrane was white, I immediately saw the opportunity to build this array with bifacial solar modules. The use of these bifacial solar panels will significantly increase the arrayâ€™s power production, and this will have positive affect on the projectâ€™s economics. Â With solar, Wayne Enterprises is able to reduce the amount of energy it needs to buy from the utility and minimizes its exposure to increasing energy costs while it continues to expand its operations in Valparaiso.â€ť
Chester Inc. was the architect and contracting firm that designed and built the downtown Vale View property for Wayne Enterprises.
â€śAs the exclusive architectural and construction contractor for Vale View, we find it quite rewarding to know that Matt and Jeremy were able to incorporate the bifacial solar modules as an initial structure of this type in the state, said Rich Shields, Director of Marketing & Business Development for Chester Inc.Â â€śI believe this speaks volumes to the detailed craftmanship that went into all facets of Vale View to lend to its prominence as the cityâ€™s first bifacial solar renewable energy facility.â€ť
Throughout the project lifecycle, the system is expected to generate enough emissions-free, clean energy to offset nearly 2,000 tons of carbon dioxideâ€”the equivalent of offsetting emissions from 3 million miles driven or the amount sequestered by more than 1,400 acres of U.S. forests.