EcoEnergies Helps Congregation Go Solar

EcoEnergies, Inc. has completed the installation of a 10 kW solar electric system for Congregation Shir Hadash, in Los Gatos, California. This is the first known large PV system installed on a Synagogue in the western United States.

Sunnyvale, California – September 20, 2002 [] The system was installed on the flat roof of the administration and school building. “We are pleased to have been selected by Congregation Shir Hadash to assist their efforts towards economic, environmentally appropriate ways of operating their facility,” said Peter Carrie, President of EcoEnergies. “We look forward to working with other congregations and religious groups to help with their efforts at being good ‘environmental custodians’.” As part of the project, EcoEnergies conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the Congregation’s energy usage and recommended they switch to a time-of-use rate to maximize the value of their solar system. The 10 kW system incorporates 77 Powerlight “PowerGuard” modules and a 10 kW Xantrex 3-phase inverter. The system generates solar electric power for the facility and delivers it through the building’s existing circuits. When the system produces more electricity than the building requires, excess electricity is sent back to the utility grid and credited at the full retail rate, through a net metering tariff.
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