Sioux Valley Energy constructed a solar energy project in April 2015 at its Brandon Service Center. The solar array was energized May 1, 2015. The project was developed to help the Cooperative learn more about the construction, maintenance and energy production of a solar array.
SVE Solar Project Facts:
• 24.8 kW (Enough power for two homes)
• 80 panels on low profile racking
• Panels face south, southwest and west
• 19 main support channels- 8 ft long, cemented in a 5 foot hole
• There are no batteries used in this design
• Panels placed at 35 degree tilt
• Built and installed by SVE employees
• Array installed for approximately $3 per watt
• Estimated life of array is between 30 and 50 years
• Power that is produced is put back on to the SVE grid
• Solar Edge inverter monitoring system
To monitor the energy production of this project, log on here: SVE Solar Project Energy Output
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