The Camillus House Energy Project has been selected for the 2015 Solar Building Project of the Year award!

Solar-Builder-Project-of-the-Year-300x259The nominations are in, and now it’s time for you, the reader, to choose the best of the best for the third annual Solar Builder Project of the Year Awards.

The awards are divided into two categories: roof-mounted and ground-mounted. The IDEAS energy project for Camillus House has been nominated in the roof-mounted category. Winners will be featured on the cover of the Nov/Dec issue of Solar Builder magazine.

To vote:
1) Follow the link below
2) Select “Camillus House” in the roof mounted category

Follow this link to vote for Camillus House:



The Camillus House Energy Project is the result of an experimental course to incorporate a hands-on approach to philanthropy for students at Florida International University. Communication Arts student Chloe Danielle Castro won the grant for IDEAS For Us, an international sustainability NGO based in Orlando, whose mission is to develop and implement solutions that create a better and more sustainable future for all. As the course progressed, the idea was for the project to benefit others as well as the environment. So together, she and the team at IDEAS For Us created an energy project concept by identifying a set of practical goals that would have the largest community impact. Along with other initiatives (LED lights, smart thermostats) they added a 20-kW solar array on one of the Camillus House residencies. The benefits of this bi-fold plan will help to lower utility bills for Camillus House, and power a portion of their building from clean renewable energy, ultimately allowing them to allocate more funding to their mission of helping people in need. The local contractors included Citizen Energy, and Advanced Green Technologies, both who made hefty contributions to the project. The project also received a solar grant from FPL, which allowed for the team to double the solar array from 10 kW to 20 kW.

Developer: IDEAS For Us
Contractor: Advanced Green Technologies (AGT Solar) / Citizen Energy
Module: HANWHA Solar One, 305W Polycrystalline Photovoltaic Modules
Inverter: Sungrow SGKU-60KW inverters
Mounting: Panel Claw – Polar Bear III Flatroof Mounting System