Boston, MA (PRWEB) July 02, 2014
A solar orchard powering Middlebury, Vermont’s Woodchuck Hard Cider won two honors at a national solar show in Boston.
The 150kW Bridport, Vermont project utilizing Vermont-made AllSun Trackers was a “Project of Distinction” finalist and won “Project of Distinction 2014 Fan Favorite” at the PV America event last week.
The project received the award, which celebrates major achievements within the solar industry, from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA).
SMA America, manufacturer of the SMA Sunnyboy inverters utilized in the project to maximize power production, submitted the solar orchard for the award. The farm was noteworthy for its use of virtual net metering on unused agricultural land to the Vermont Hard Cider Company, LLC, maker of Woodchuck(R) Hard Cider, the original craft cider brand known for its authenticity and innovative cider varieties.
The use of the 26 distributed inverters also allowed the project to be sited on rural single-phase electric lines and avoid costly distribution line upgrades.
“We are very proud of our partnerships with AllEarth Renewables and the farmer hosting the Bridport solar orchard. We believe in working together as a community to maximize environmental sustainability, and are honored by the recognition the solar orchard recently received,” said Woodchuck Communications Manager, Nate Formalarie.