The first City of Columbus facility to have a large-scale solar array mounted on its roof is the Columbus
Division of Fleet Management. This type of rooftop array is the largest of its kind in the state of Ohio. Working closely with General Energy Solutions, Tipping Point Renewable Energy, Premier Power Renewable Energy and Spectrum Capital Energy, SME installed 2,650 solar panels to the facility’s roof, which could generate up to half of the building’s needs.
In addition to the 240-watt panels, SME installed rigid conduit and additional 636.48 KWDC / 2652 AUO 240 watt ECODUO PV modules onto the roof. The modules were attached to racks, which were then mounted to struts attached to the roof ribbed seams. Each module was wired into an inverter, which converts the solar energy into electricity for the Fleet Management facility.
It is estimated that the power from these panels could produce enough electricity to power 85 homes for one year and drop greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 566 tons.