Solar Builder magazine is the leading publication covering solar power construction in North America, and the trade pub has just announced the winners of its first annual Project of the Year awards. One of the two big victors is a familiar name in the craft brewing industry – Stone Brewing Co.
The Roof-Mount Project of the Year from Solar Builder is Stone Brewing Co.’s 360-kW system on its packaging hall in Escondido, Calif. Independent Energy Solutions installed a unique, double-sided mounting system from Everest Solar Systems that eliminates shading between rows and enabled nearly every section of the rooftop to be covered with solar panels. This is the second solar installation for the environmentally-conscience brewing company (reach the cut above).
Winners are featured in the November/December 2013 issue of Solar Builder magazine, online at solarbuildermag.com and on the free Solar Builder app in the Apple Newsstand. Nominations were accepted online from Jan. 1 to Sept. 6, 2013. Solar Builder staff narrowed the nominations down to five projects in each category based on construction application, innovation and community impact. Voting was open to Solar Builder readers and the public via solarbuildermag.com from Sept. 13 to Sept. 30, 2013. Winners and runner-ups were determined by votes, and the Solar Builder staff awarded two honorable mentions to the remaining projects.
The Ground-Mount Project of the Year is Holston View Elementary’s outdoor classroom in Bristol, Tenn. Other projects recognized in the Roof-Mount category are: Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. (runner-up); Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, Mass. (honorable mention); and the San Francisco Exploratorium in San Francisco (honorable mention). Hats off to both Stone Brewing and Solar Builder. For more info, visit solarbuildermag.com.