It’s not often I write about new solar systems going online in the Midwest. This week, Krtek Real Estate and Worldwide Energy announced the completion of 119 kilowatt solar system consisting of 628 tenKSolar RAIS solar photovoltaic modules on the roof of the Manor Square parking garage. According to Worldwide Energy, the array utilizes solar reflector technology, which will boost the power production to an equivalent rating of 164 kilowatts, one of the highest production ratings in the state of Missouri. In addition, the solar company says the tenKsolar system is the only solar design without cell-to-cell dependency. The module uses conventional crystalline silicon cells, but is packaged in a module design for superior and optimal production.
“Kansas City has one of the highest solar potentials in the country, and we are excited for Krtek Real Estate to take advantage of that,” said Gaylen Davenport, COO of Worldwide Energy. “Solar is an efficient and smart way to offset the utility usage for the facility, and with the tenKsolar technology, it produces more than the average 119 kW system.”
In its first year, the system will produce more than 205,000 kilowatt-hours and around 5,020,287 kilowatt-hours over 25 years. In the Kansas City area, the average annual sunshine level is nearly five hours a day, above average compared to other parts of the United States.
“Kansas City is in a unique position to utilize solar,” added Davenport. “While our city may not be known for renewable energy, we can certainly lead the way for other businesses in the area.”