FLS Energy has completed a 250kW photovoltaic solar energy system above the Green Square Complex parking garage in downtown Raleigh. The system was developed in partnership with the NC Department of Administration to enhance the sustainable features of the garage. FLS Energy designed a custom racking system that is integrated into the structure of the parking garage positioning the 960 solar modules nine stories above street level.
“FLS Energy congratulates the NC Department of Administration for using typically forgotten space above a parking deck for solar energy development,” said Michael Shore, CEO of FLS Energy. “The system will not only produce clean renewable energy for North Carolina, but it will also provide partial shade and shelter to the vehicles that park on the roof, ultimately reducing those vehicles’ carbon emissions.”
The State of North Carolina entered into a 20 year Power Purchase Agreement with FLS Energy. Progress Energy Carolinas will buy the electricity generated by the array and use it to serve its customers.
FLS Energy engineered, installed and owns the grid interactive solar energy system, which utilizes 960 American Solar Wholesale 260 watt modules, (4) SMA smart string combiners and (1) SMA 250kw Sunny Central Inverter. String level monitoring will aid FLS Energy engineers in ensuring the highest system production.
FLS Energy is currently developing other significant solar energy projects in the Triangle area, including a 500kW system for the Raleigh Convention Center and a 1700 gallon solar hot water system for the new Hyatt Place Raleigh West. Since 2006, FLS Energy has grown from 3 to 80 employees based on the demand for solar energy in North Carolina.
The Green Square Complex is a two-block, multi-use sustainable development project that will bring North Carolina's state environmental offices and a nationally significant Nature Research Center to the heart of North Carolina's capital city. When complete in 2012, Green Square hopes to attain a Gold certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system by the U.S. Green Building Council.