Featured Installations

Grow Community Eco-Development – YC1000 Install

Three-story, 12-unit apartment building called “the Juniper.” One building in what is now the state’s largest planned solar community with a mix of single-family homes, condominiums, town homes and apartments. Renters in the Juniper will enjoy benefits of solar production through net-metering, while the annual solar production rebate will go to the building owner.

Project developer Asani chose APsystems microinverters for multiple installations in this award-winning, ultra-eco-friendly project. Read the whole story here.

Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Installation date: Winter 2015
Designer/installer: A&R Solar
System output: 44kW
Microinverters: APsystems YC1000
No. of microinverters: 40
Other major system components (modules, rails): — SolarWorld modules, IronRidge racking

Marge Williams Nonprofit Center, Bainbridge Island, WA

The Marge Williams Center on Bainbridge Island was founded in 2001 to provide low-cost office space for the island’s nonprofit agencies, including the local parks foundation, arts council, senior citizen advocates, and youth soccer organization among others. To mark the center’s 15th anniversary, the nonprofit board OK’d an extensive energy retrofit to the 45-year-old building, including a new high-efficiency heat pump HVAC and low-wattage LED fixtures in every office. Centerpiece of the project is a 30-module, 8.85 kW rooftop PV array using Blue Frog/APsystems YC500-MIW microinverters. The array is projected to produce about one-third of the center’s annual power needs, helping keep rents low for the nonprofit tenants serving the community.

Project: Marge Williams Nonprofit Center
Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Date: March 2017
Installer: Puget Sound Solar
Capacity: 8.85 kW
Module type: iTek 295W
Number of modules: 30
Microinverters: Blue Frog/APsystems YC500-MIW
Number of microinverters: 15

YC500A-MIW Ground Mount Array, Sunergy Systems

Because of backyard shading, this site was measured at 77 percent annual solar access – so the superior efficiency of Blue Frog/APsystems microinverters was key to the design, and allowed the homeowner to maintain a stand of prized cedars.

This ground-mount array in Poulsbo, WA, features twelve 290-watt Itek modules and six Blue Frog/APsystems YC500A-MIW inverters, with an APsystems Energy Communication Unit and EMA monitoring.  The powerful system is calculated to offset about 34 percent of electrical needs in the 3,600 square-foot home/office, complementing a second, rooftop array.

Poulsbo ground-mount array
Installer: Sunergy Systems
Microinverters: Blue Frog/APsystems YC500A-MIW
Number of microinverters: 6
Modules: itek Energy 290 watt
Number of modules: 12
System output: 3kW
Racking: SunModo

Green Power on a Green Roof

Blue Frog microinverters and iTek modules are key features of a forward-thinking green roof in Seattle’s Meridian neighborhood.

The 3.36kW array by installer Multifacet Group of Bellevue includes Blue Frog/APsystems YC500A-MIW microinverters and iTek 280W modules.

The rooftop terrace and garden on this custom 3,800 sf. home features Etera’s lush Sedum Tile all-seasons mix.

Homebuilder is Green Canopy Homes of Seattle.

Installer: Multifacet Group, Bellevue
Project Engineer: Chris Hogg

Location: Meridian neighborhood, Seattle
Output: 3.36kW
Microinverters: Blue Frog/APsystems YC500A-MIW
No. of microinverters: 6
Module brand/type: iTek 280W
No. of modules: 12

Pacific Fishermen Shipyard, Ballard, WA

A Blue Frog/APsystems microinverter installation by local installer Solectrix joins the growing field of arrays in Seattle’s marine trades district, overlooking the Lake Washington Ship Canal.

“We have installed a number of systems for oil companies and especially marine oil, lightering and refineries,” says Will Fidler, Solectrix founder. “Marine companies like the idea of producing their own power, and they like the lucrative incentive and capital improvement tax benefit. They have good cash flow, so they are looking for ways to reduce their taxes.”

Fidler says the APsystems Energy Monitoring & Analysis solution tops competing solutions, as it allows customers to easily access PV production data and see the system’s output and benefits.

Installer: Solectrix
Location: Ballard, WA
Output (kW)9.6KW
MicroinvertersBlue Frog/APsystems YC500A-MIW
No. of microinverters: 16
Modules: iTek 280w
No. of modules: 32

Grow Community

Grow Community on Bainbridge Island is the largest planned, solar-ready neighborhood in Washington state, USA. This new urban development is the model of sustainable living, with beautiful solar-powered, net-zero energy homes, healthy transportation options, and shared community gardens. Solar output of individual residential systems ranges from 2.9 kW to 8.9 kW, with more than 112 kW capacity completed or currently under installation. With a goal of completing 132 residential units by 2016, all with solar systems featuring APsystems MIW Microinverters, Grow Community will eventually save between 2.5 and 3 tons of coal per year.

Grow Community was runner-up in Solar Builder magazine’s 2014 Project of the Year awards.  Learn more.

Click here to learn more about Grow Community

Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Installation Date: June 2012 – Ongoing
Capacity: 112 kW completed
Module Type: Itek 260 watt modules
Microinverter: APsystems YC200 and YC500A-MIW
No. of Microinverters: 24 to 34 per house

“Grow Community is a proud partner of BlueFrog Solar. With Itek Modules and APsystems Microinverters supplied by BlueFrog, Grow Community solar is performing better than expected. The Grow neighborhood is now the largest solar neighborhood in Washington State and is well on its way to achieving its goal of becoming a net zero community”– Marja Preston, Asani President

Anacortes Residence, Fire Mountain Solar

An elongated floor plan, with two distinct solar roof spaces separated by a long distance, was no impediment to a great PV system at this new Anacortes home.

The system was wired in and installed during home construction, and Blue Frog YC500A-MIW microinverters allow precise performance monitoring of the separate arrays at each end of the long structure.

“Pre-wiring for the job was a breeze as we could run Romex (cable) through the open studs up to the roof J-Box,” says Tim Nelson of Fire Mountain Solar. “No EMT conduit was needed, because we ran AC up instead of DC down!”

Location: Anacortes, WA
Capacity: 7.02kW
Installer: Fire Mountain Solar
Modules: 26 itek 270W modules
Microinverters: 13 Blue Frog/APsystems YC500A-MIW

Edmonds Waterfront Home

The GSG residential installation by Forecast Solar was part of a massive remodel of an old waterfront home in Edmonds.

The new roof structure incorporated an offset gable that allowed three-fourths of the roof to face south. The owner cashed out an IRA to fund the project, and because it used Washington-made solar products, the financial benefits from his new PV system far outpaced his returns from the old IRA.

With only 82 percent solar exposure and challenging, intermittent shadows during peak hours, the project would not have been financially feasible without Blue Frog/APsystems microinverters.
The project recently completed its first-year production cycle with 6,838 kWh, over 1,000 kWh hours more than expected. The owners are elated.

Installer: Forecast Solar LLC, Bothell
Capacity: 6.6 kW
Microinverters: Blue Frog/APsystems YC500A-MIW
No. of microinverters: 14
Modules: itek Energy
No. of modules: 27

Inland Power & Light Community Solar

This 30 kW ground-mount array in Spokane, Wash., is the first significant venture into solar for Inland Power & Light, a member-owned utility serving 39,000 residential and commercial customers in 13 counties in eastern Washington and northern Idaho.

The system was funded by utility members who bought shares through a lottery sponsored by the utility. Shareholders now receive the benefit of net metering, that is, the positive difference between their own power consumption and what their portion of the community solar system provides. They will also see a pro rata rebate from Inland Power for each kilowatt hour of power produced.

Opportunity for such “community solar” projects was created by the Washington state Legislature, to encourage utilities and local governments to add clean energy arrays to their own production capacity.

“When a utility installs a system, it helps promote solar for their customers,” says John Harley, vice president of Brimma Solar, which installed the Inland Power array. “Customers with solar, or thinking about installing solar, feel comfort when they know their utility supports solar.”

The project is also a showcase for Washington’s solar manufacturing industry. The installation includes PV modules by itek Energy of Bellingham, APsystems YC500A-MIW microinverters by Blue Frog Solar of Poulsbo, and racking by SunModo of Vancouver.

Designer/Installer: Brimma Solar
Owner: Inland Power & Light (member-owned utility)
Location: Spokane, WA
Installation date: August 2014
Capacity: 30 kW
Module type: itek 260-watt modules
No. of modules: 112
Microinverters: Blue Frog/APsystems YC500A-MIW
No. of microinverters: 56
Racking: SunModo

Mercer Island Luxury Home

Owners of this beautiful new luxury home on the west side of Mercer Island built solar into their plans from the outset.

NW Electric and Solar chose Blue Frog/APsystems microinverters and itek modules for the flat-roof installation, which gets generous solar exposure as the sun arcs through the southern sky each day. (Nice view, too!)

Designer/installer: NW Electric & Solar
Location: Mercer Island
Type: residential
Installation date: August 2014
Output: 6.24 kW
Module make/type: itek IT260 watt
No. of modules: 24
Microinverter type/model: APsystems YC500A-MIW
No. of microinverters: 12

Liberty Hall, Everett Community College

Liberty Hall, Everett Community College’s new health sciences building, includes an 80-panel, 19.2 kilowatt array powering important educational and community activities.

The three-story, 72,000-square-foot building in Everett, Wash., is home to EvCC’s nursing, medical assisting and phlebotomy programs, as well as other health sciences training. It also houses an expanded Providence Everett Healthcare Clinic, featuring 20 exam rooms, and the college’s Criminal Justice program.

The system was installed by Fire Mountain Solar of Mount Vernon, Wash. PV modules are by itek Energy of Bellingham, with APsystems YC500A-MIW microinverters from Blue Frog Solar in Poulsbo. Funding came from state and local sources, and a grant from the Snohomish County PUD.

The system is expected to produce at least 18,000 kW hours annually. A large monitor in the main-floor lobby of Liberty Hall displays the array’s production analytics in real time, demonstrating the power of solar to ECC students and visitors.

Designer/Installer: Fire Mountain Solar
Location: Everett, Washington
Installation date: September 2013
Capacity: 19.2 kW
Module type: itek 260-watt modules
Microinverters: Blue Frog/APsystems YC500A-MIW
No. of microinverters: 40
Racking: DPW Solar ballast mount

Harris Court/Habitat For Humanity

Habitat Humanity of Kitsap County partnered with Blue Frog Solar to bring renewable power the new Harris Court self-help project in Port Orchard, Wash. Thirty-two single-family homes are planned, with buildout over the next two to three years. Homes in the first phase feature systems with 10 PV panels provided by itek energy of Bellingham, paired with five Made-In-Washington Blue Frog/APsystems microinverters per system. Average output is 2.25kW per home. The houses were oriented with south-facing roofs during design to optimize solar harvest.

Location: Port Orchard, Wash.
Installation date: April 2014-ongoing
Installer: Sunergy Systems, Seattle
PV Panels: itek energy 260W
Microinverters: Blue Frog/APsystems YC500A-MIW
No. of microinverters per home: 5 (avg.)
Racking: Sunmodo
Capacity: 2.25 kW per home (avg.)

Sedro-Woolley Ground-Mount Array

The team at Banner Power Solutions faced several challenges while planning, designing and installing this 9.54 kW residential system in Sedro-Woolley, WA. Due to lack of desirable roof space and moderate shading issues, a ground-mount system was chosen to maximize array size and sun harvest potential. To accommodate an 8 percent grade, the 50-foot array was split in two, and the hillside slightly terraced to accommodate three dozen PV modules. Blue Frog/APsystems YC500A-MIW microinverters were selected for the easy monitoring system and 25-year warranty.

Designer/Installer: Banner Power Solutions
Location: Sedro-Woolley, WA
Installation date: February 2014
Capacity: 9.54 kW
Module type: itek 265W modules
Microinverters: Blue Frog/APsystems YC500A-MIW
No. of microinverters: 18

La Conner Residence

When designing a PV system for this stylish contemporary home in La Conner, Skagit County, the team from Whidbey Sun & Wind chose Blue Frog microinverters and itek PV panels.

A total of 18 Itek 260-watt modules and nine APsystems YC500A-MIW inverters were used in the 4.68 kW, tilt-rack system. The installation was completed in March.

“We chose itek and APsystems/Blue Frog equipment to take full advantage of the Made-In-Washington financial benefits,” says Mark Anderson, project manager and NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional. “The APsystems inverters allowed us to avoid both string sizing and slight shading issues.”

Anderson’s team went through several designs before opting not to do a ballasted system, choosing instead to do a fully attached installation. A local company re-roofed the original torch-down roof with a TPO membrane and took care of flashing around the system attachment posts. Racking is by Snap-N-Rack.

“We expect this PV system to offset nearly all of the customers’ electrical needs,” Anderson says.

Founded in 2000, Whidbey Sun & Wind offers a full slate of renewable energy products and services including solar electric, solar water heating, wind power and micro-hydro.

Designer/Installer: Whidbey Sun & Wind
Location: La Conner, Wash.
Installation date: March 2014
Capacity: 4.68 kW
Module type: itek 260 watt modules
Microinverters: Blue Frog/APsystems YC500A-MIW
No. of microinverters: nine

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

The acclaimed new art museum in downtown Bainbridge Island showcases the work of fine artists and craftspeople from around the Pacific Northwest. The distinctive LEED Gold building, located in the island’s prominent Gateway district near the ferry terminal, embodies forward thinking in aesthetics, sustainable construction and energy independence. Designers chose APsystems MIW Microinverters and Itek PV modules for the building’s large solar array, which will produce a peak 14.4kW to power the museum.

Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Installation Date: April 2013
Capacity: 14.4kW
Module Type: 60 Itek 240 watt modules
Microinverter: APsystems YC500A-MIW
No. of Microinverters: 30

 

Ellensburg PV Array

When homeowners wanted a PV system for this Ellensburg, Wash., ranch-style house, designers from Central Wind & Solar faced an unusual challenge.

The array had to mounted so as to leave an egress aisle between the PV modules and the upstairs bedroom windows, so residents would be able to exit across the roof in an emergency. Because the modules would be farther down on the roof, they would be more susceptible to snow buildup – the Eastern Washington equivalent of partial shading – on the roof above them during the winter months.

This challenge made the system a good candidate for APsystems YC500A-MIW microinverters, which provide independent output from each module to optimize the entire system.

Designer/installer: Central Wind & Solar
Location: Ellensburg, WA
Installation date: February 2015
Capacity: 6.72 kW
Modules: itek 280W
No. of modules: 24
Microinverters: Blue Frog/APsystems YC500A-MIW
No. of microinverters: 12

 

Nookachamp Hills development, Mount Vernon, WA

This sleek 9.0kW system is located in the rapidly expanding Nookachamp Hills development in Mount Vernon, Wash.

The team at Banner Power Solutions were originally contacted to design and estimate a small PV system to light the entrance of the development.

After talking with residents active on the Nookachamp Hills board, owners of this home became very excited about the environmental and financial benefits of solar for themselves.

They decided to move forward with their own project using 33 itek 250-watt modules and 17 Blue Frog YC500-MIW microinverters.

“They were very excited about using the Bluefrog/APsystems online monitoring service to watch their system produce some serious power,” says Eric Hull of Banner Power Solutions.

Project location: Mount Vernon, WA
System size: 9.10kW
Panels used: 33-Itek 250 watt (black frames/racking components)
Inverters Used: 17 Blue Frog/APsystems YC500A-MIW microinverters
Estimated power bill reduction: 83.6 percent
Estimated payback term: 5.5 years