7.2kW Pergola Project in Champaign, IL

This home has an extensively shaded roof with an undesirable azimuth, but the owners still wanted to install solar on the property in an aesthetically pleasing manner. New Prairie Construction Company partnered with CivicSolar to design a prairie-style solar pergola to address this need. The pergola is constructed with rough-hewn western red cedar stained to match the home’s current finish.
Location
Champaign, IL
United States
Total Size
7.20kW
Production
6,260.00kWh
Type
Installed
05/2017
Project Description

The solar equipment consists of 24 300W Sunpreme Maxima bi-facial solar modules (which can have up to 20% backside power boost!) and SolarEdge DC optimizers for module-level MPPT, a Solaredge 7600 inverter, Orion Frameless clamps, and ProSolar rails.

This pergola provides partial shade for their patio, has the capability to generate 65-75% of the home's annual electricity usage, and features an innovative water-shedding design with a custom gutter and rain chain so it will continue to generate for many years to come. This solar array has become a featured project for the community-led solar education program, Urbana-Champaign Solar 2.0