The following was posted in the PV Insider PV Intelligence Brief 14 for October 28, 2014. Read below, or view the entire article on the PV Insider website.

The Anthony Wayne Solar Array, which was developed, designed and constructed by GEM Energy, of the Rudolph/Libbe Companies, has received accolades from the BIPV community in the US.

The project garnered 30 per cent of the public votes among six finalists in the ground-mount category at the latest Solar Builder awards.

The Anthony Wayne Solar Array installed at the Toledo, Ohio zoo is owned by a group of local investors led by Rudolph/Libbe Companies. The zoo purchases about 30 percent of its electricity from the array through an exclusive power purchase agreement.

We’re honored to receive this recognition, and we thank everyone in our community who voted for the Anthony Wayne Solar Array,” said Jason Slattery, Director of Solar for GEM Energy.

He continued: “It’s a great feeling to give this brownfield site a new life and to provide power to the Zoo without any capital investment needed on the Zoo’s part. This project is a perfect example of how customers can reduce their operating costs through the use of solar.”

The array is located on a 22-acre Toledo brownfield site that was once in receivership. The 28,170-panel solar array is one of the largest in the U.S. to supply power to a zoo.