Mage Solar modules power nation’s largest historic revitalization PV-project
Mage Solar, part of the globally operating Mage Group, announced that its high-efficiency modules are part of an ambitious historic redevelopment project in Louisiana.
Over 3,300 Mage Powertec Plus US-modules supply 1.4 GWh of clean, reliable energy per year to 6 housing projects that were part of the revitalization plan. Among the converted buildings are the iconic American Can and Blue Plate buildings in New Orleans, the latter being on the National Register of Historic Places. Other segments include the city’s River Garden Apartments and the Bonne Terre Apartments in Houma with a combined 564kW of solar energy spread out over 69 individual rooftop applications and 26 parking canopies.
The project was designed, engineered and executed by Pontchartrain Mechanical of New Orleans, one of the largest mechanical contractors in the Gulf coast region and provider of environmental systems. Mage Solar has been working closely with PMC’s chief system designer and solar department manager Micah Galy to develop solutions for each of the individual installations included in the project: 2,000 black Mage Powertec Plus modules were chosen to provide a sensible, integrated solution on the historical building portion of the project, and sophisticated power optimizers are installed to avoid power losses due to shading from trees, light poles or buildings.
The project’s developer, HRI Properties, has been pioneering methods for building neighborhoods and creating entire communities. Mage Solar’s modules have been integrated into the project by HRI as a part of the company’s sustainability mission and long-term energy cost projection.
Funding for the project was made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the EmPower Louisiana initiative administered by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources. Net metering arrangements have been made with the local electric utilities.