The challenge was to find a cost-effective PV solution that presented an ROI, which would make the project a no-brainer from a financial standpoint.
S-5-PVKIT 2.0 Case Study – The Boulder JCC
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The 52,444-square-foot Boulder Jewish Community Center’s (Boulder JCC), while grounded in the past, is a contemporary interpretation of today’s sustainable design. This two-story educational community heritage center provides programs and services based in Jewish values and traditions in a place where people of all ages and backgrounds gather to connect, exchange ideas, learn and grow together.
Designed and built by Colorado-based RB+B Architects and Calcon Constructors, they desired to create something beautiful, functional and unique. Construction included a wing for daycare and education, a gymnasium and fitness center, a full commercial kitchen, a community hall with a state-of-the-art stage, a library, administrative offices and a large outdoor gathering area, complete with a fireplace.
The Boulder JCC includes a 74.4kW PV array, installed by The Solar Revolution, located on multiple rooftops. The main rooftop is a highly visible and gently curved standing seam metal roof. In addition to solar on the main facility, a 7.2kW array is installed on the adjacent barn at the “Milk and Honey Farm.” The farm is 100% powered by solar and serves as a valuable tool for the Boulder JCC’s educational and preschool programs.
The Boulder JCC is a 501c3, non-profit organization. Sustainability, energy efficiency and education are a priority for their members.
The challenge was to find a cost-effective PV solution that presented an ROI, which would make the project a no-brainer from a financial standpoint. Reducing their monthly operating costs would enable them to invest more money into meaningful community programs.
Generous grants from the City of Boulder and Boulder County, aimed at helping non-profits go solar, made this project a reality. Visibility and educational opportunities afforded by the solar were important to both the Boulder JCC and the grant committees.
The Boulder JCC is designed to be 30% more energy efficient than standard construction, and a 74.4kW PV array further helps the Boulder JCC to achieve this. The center features a monitoring and informational kiosk located in the lobby, displaying specific project data, including CO2 savings, equivalent trees planted, etc.
The arrays are mounted on the roof using S-5-PVKIT® 2.0, which provides a simple, secure, economical and penetration-free method for attaching solar modules. Designed with the installer in mind, its quick and easy installation minimizes the time installers spend on the roof.
The PVKIT’s pre-assembled components enabled installers to direct-attach PV modules to the roof’s standing seams using S-5! clamps and brackets, vs. a traditional rail mounting system. The PVKIT offers impressive savings across several metrics by which PV mounting systems are measured, while providing better load distribution.
The PV system reduces the Boulder JCC’s monthly operating costs, enabling them to invest more money into meaningful programs. Socially, the highly visible PV system sends a strong message to the community where the Boulder JCC stands regarding environmental stewardship for future generations.
How Did the S-5-PVKIT® 2.0 Help?
Cut material costs in half, including freight costs
Cut installation costs in half by eliminating the assembly and installation required by traditional racking
Eliminated the risk of a voided roof manufacturer warranty―no holes/no damage
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Roofing Contractor: Douglass Colony
Solar Installer: The Solar Revolution
Architect: RB+B Architects
General Contractor: Calcon Constructors
Roof Profile: 22GA Firestone UC-3 Double Lock Standing Seam Roof Panel
Module Manufacturer: LG Solar
Inverter Manufacturer: Solar Edge
Used S-5-PVKIT® 2.0
74.4kW of PV, with 50 kW mounted using the S-5-PVKIT
Roof measured: 102’ (E/W) 75’ (N/S)
Roof pitch: varies due to curve
Total S-5! Products supplied:
S-5-S Mini clamp (378)
“The Solar Revolution has been utilizing the S-5! PVKIT solution since it first hit the market. Hands down, it is the best solar mounting solution for metal roofing of any description. Our projects using the PVKIT yield the fastest installation times, lowest material cost and best aesthetics bar none.
We’ve taken a close look at all the competitors’ knockoffs, and they do not compare in quality or even in cost. S-5! has been creating innovative solutions for metal roofs far longer than anyone else, and their expertise is unmatched. We just won’t use anything else on a metal roof.”
— Doug Claxton, The Solar Revolution, Boulder, CO
The content & opinions in this article are the author’s and do not necessarily represent the views of AltEnergyMag
In 1992, S-5! invented the very market space of manufactured roof attachment solutions. S-5!'s clamps and brackets are engineered for a variety of applications, including residential and commercial solar installations on exposed-fastened and standing seam metal roofing. The company has a portfolio of more than 5+ GigaWatts of rooftop solar arrays, including many Fed-Ex and Walmart buildings; 700 Costco stores in eight countries; international airports; and corporate headquarters for Google, IBM, NATO, NREL and Apple. S-5! technologies are also affordable for domestic applications with more than 15,000 such solar installations in 50 countries.
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