In January 2017, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) began generating electricity from a 257.7 DC kW ground mounted solar array at its Vehicle Research Center in Ruckersville, VA. As Secure Futures’ first ground mounted solar project, the south facing array at IIHS allows the nonprofit to optimize the solar radiation received by the facility. The array provides power to the facility which conducts crash tests and other evaluations that encourage auto manufactures to make safer vehicles.
- System size: 258 DC kW
- Percentage of annual electricity requirements: 34%
- CO2 reductions: 556,099 lbs/year
- Environmental benefits: Will keep 18,794 barrels of oil in the ground over the life of the system
How is the Project Financed?
Secure Futures LLC, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Ruckersville Solar, LLC, has entered into a Solar Self-Generation Agreement (Solar SGA®) with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), to finance, install and operate the ground-mounted solar array. IIHS hosts the solar facility, self-generates the electricity produced by the solar system, and pays a fixed service price to Ruckersville Solar LLC under the Solar SGA®. The project was also financed with a REAP grant from the US Department of Agriculture and by a loan from City National Bank.
Live Data Monitoring
Click on the following link to see live data monitoring – including power generation and environmental impact – for the array at IIHS.
Who Installed the Solar Panels?
The 678 high-efficiency photovoltaic panels were manufactured by SolarWorld Americas Inc, and were installed by Got Electric, based in Maryland, in partnership with Aurora Energy Inc, based in Maryland.
What Type of Equipment was Installed?
Secure Futures LLC used exclusively American-made equipment, ensuring high quality, durability, and fair environmental and labor practices. Of the 678 solar panels installed at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 545 are SolarWorld 325 monocrystalline modules and 133 are SolarWorld 345 XL monocrystalline modules, all with a service lifespan on 35-45 years, and a 25-year warranty.
How will the Solar Panels be Maintained?
Secure Futures LLC. monitors the systems production daily online as well as conducts annual performance testing and maintenance on site.
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