GEM Energy to start construction of Penta solar array

PERRYSBURG – Construction begins this spring on a $2 million solar array that will provide nearly 60% of the electricity needs for Penta Career Center, a career technical high school serving 1,400 students.

GEM Energy, of the Rudolph Libbe Group, is the design/build contractor and tradespeople from two other Rudolph Libbe Group companies, GEM Inc. and Rudolph Libbe Inc., will construct the array with 3,100 Series 6 panels manufactured by First Solar.

The fixed-tilt, ground-mount array will be located on six acres at the southernmost point of Penta Career Center’s property, visible from Interstate 75.

AEP OnSite Partners will own the array and sell power to Penta Career Center through a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement, which will save the school utility operating costs over 30 years.

Once the project is complete in August, GEM Energy will provide preventive maintenance, monitor daily power output over the life of the power purchasing agreement and perform quarterly inspections of the array.

The project will produce 1.76 million kilowatt hours of power, equal to the energy needed to power 142 average homes.

The system will allow remote monitoring so classrooms can use an internet connection to access the output data for project-based learning.

GEM Energy provides comprehensive services and technologies to improve customer business performance and reduce facility operation costs. GEM Energy’s expertise encompasses engineering, procurement, construction, operations and maintenance. Services include combined heat and power systems, HVAC and plumbing, facility management, utility procurement, solar development, building automation controls and energy efficiency solutions. Facilities served are commercial, industrial, institutional and mission critical.