The project was designed in-house by myself and engineering and structural fabrication was completed by Crystalite of Everett, WA. Installation was done by staff here at the training center - all electricians.
Company Name: Northwest Washington Electrical Industry Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee – (NW WA Electrical Industry JATC) – We are a training center for Electricians, both Apprentice and Journeyman supported by Cascade Chapter NECA and Local #191 IBEW – both Everett, WA.
Contact: Ryan Bradt
Phone Number: 425 210 9105
Website address: nwejatc.org
Project location: Training Center in Mount Vernon, WA
Project budget: $45,000
List of Products used:
The System includes (20) 195W Silicon Energy Cascade Series modules and a SiE 4.2KW Inverter system. The entire cost of the system including structure, foundation and all electrical equipment was about 45K. The System faces West to matching the building structure and direction on the parking lot, because of this we estimate an annual production of around 3000 – 3500 KW/hrs annually. Mounted beneath the carport are two Electric Vehicle charging stations manufactured by Coulomb Technologies. The stations offer Level 1&2 charging capabilities and can be accessed with a simple swipe of a credit card. All of the equipment was manufactured in the US with the Modules and Carport structure both coming from Local manufactures – Modules from Silicon Energy – Marysville and Carport from Crystalite – Everett. The project was funded by the Labor Management Cooperative Committee of Cascade Chapter NECA and Local #191 IBEW as a demonstration project for training.
Unusual situations or problems: The foundation for the carport structure was very involved and large, and had to be engineered to handle the weight of glass-on-glass modules.
Summary: The carport was designed to demonstrate PV and EV technologies together, as well as a training piece for the school. We offer both training in Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Installation (EVITP Certification) and PV Installation & Design. The project was designed in-house by myself and engineering and structural fabrication was completed by Crystalite of Everett, WA. Installation was done by staff here at the training center – all electricians. At this time no one on staff has an EV but a few of us are watching the market and anticipate a purchase in the next year.
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