Ground-Mount Solar Array in Manitoba, Canada
The largest solar array in Manitoba, Canada, goes live this month, powered by APsystems microinverters.
The ambitious 200.2 kW ground-mount array will provide 100 percent of the power needs for the Crescent Beach Cottages, a waterfront vacation resort on scenic West Hawk Lake in the Whiteshell Provincial Park.
Installer Evolve Green of Manitoba and the resort owners chose APsystems YC500A dual-module microinverters for their high production and the integrated Energy Monitoring & Analysis system. The APsystems EMA allows real-time monitoring of individual modules in the array to ensure optimal production at all times.
The resort’s rocky, forested terrain posed a challenge for installation – system designers had little room to work with – but creative placement put the topography to advantage. Installers mounted the second row of modules on a rocky tier some 8 feet above grade, allowing the two racks of modules to be placed closer together and conserve space.
The system includes 308 modules and 154 APsystems dual-module microinverter units per array rack for a total of 616 modules and 308 microinverters, provided through Canadian solar equipment dealer National Solar Distributors.
In addition to achieving “net zero” energy use for the resort, the owners will recover 30 percent of their investment through a rebate program by regional utility Manitoba Hydro.
See a video of the Crescent Beach Cottages array here.