MSU's Norm Asbjornson Hall

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Client Profile

MSU's new home for the College of Engineering, known as the Norm Asbjornson Hall, is one of only 10 LEED Platinum certified buildings in Montana. With energy efficiency as a design priority, the building features passive solar heating, a geothermal temperature control system, lighting and tinted windows that automatically adjust according to daylight levels, as well as 216 kW of solar PV on the roof- currently the largest rooftop solar array in Montana!
MSU's Norm Asbjornson Hall


2018
Bozeman, MT
The largest rooftop solar installation in the state
The largest rooftop solar installation in the state
MSU's Norm Asbjornson Hall


2018
Bozeman, MT
INSTALLED2018
POWER216.6 kW
PRODUCTIONEstimated 251,791 kWh/year
PANELSQCell Q.PEAK-G4.1 300 Watt-Modules x 722
INVERTERSolarEdge 100K Commercial Three Phase Inverter x 2
MOUNTIron Ridge Tilt Mount System

Client Profile

MSU's new home for the College of Engineering, known as the Norm Asbjornson Hall, is one of only 10 LEED Platinum certified buildings in Montana. With energy efficiency as a design priority, the building features passive solar heating, a geothermal temperature control system, lighting and tinted windows that automatically adjust according to daylight levels, as well as 216 kW of solar PV on the roof- currently the largest rooftop solar array in Montana!

Design


OnSite Energy provided a high quality design/build solution for this complex solar electric system with a challenging physical layout and various design complexities. Because of the complicated layout of the various solar arrays, Solaredge inverters with DC to DC optimizers were chosen to allow for increased layout flexibility, shade mitigation, and overall system safety and reliability.  The end result is a highly efficient and robust power system that will produce clean renewable energy for many decades to come.

Installation

With exceptional support from Martel Construction, the general contractor on the project, the installation was completed by a crew of four OnSite Energy installers over a combined period of  approximately 8 weeks, on schedule and fully commissioned when the building took occupancy in early 2019.
Array mounted at a 10° tilt
Array mounted at a 10° tilt
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