Schott Applied Power Completes Solar PV System

December 26, 2001 by Jeff Shepard

Schott Applied Power Corp. (SAPC, Willits, CA) announced the completion of the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) system in Washington. The 23kW solar-electric system was installed at the Puget Sound Environmental Learning Center (PSELC) on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Schott Applied Power was chosen by PSELC to design, supply and install the system. The roof-mounted PV system produces enough power to run the Learning Center building and allows PSELC to meet its goal of sustainability. SAPC also provided its data-acquisition and monitoring package. The software and hardware-based package enables the learning center to graphically monitor the system's solar-energy production and incorporate the data into their learning programs.

"The photovoltaic panels will help children learn about resource conservation and alternative energy. We will be developing a curriculum to help students understand where the energy they use comes from, and how they can make informed choices on how much energy they use,” said Clancy Wolf, PSELC technology coordinator.

"This project demonstrates how effectively SAPC works in concert with architects and builders, successfully implementing innovative and high-quality photovoltaic power systems,” commented Sam Vanderhoof, president of Schott Applied Power.