EFFINGHAM, ILLINOIS, Tick Tock Energy, Inc. has two projects that were selected as finalist for the Midwest Project of Distinction Award by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA).  The Midwest Project of Distinction Award recognizes the best solar photovoltaic (PV) projects that demonstrate innovation, exceptional community engagement, and best practices to advance the solar industry in the Midwest.  Personnel from Tick Tock Energy will be presenting poster presentations for both projects at the upcoming SEIA Midwest Solar Power PV Conference & Expo on November 9th and 10th in Chicago, IL.  The final award winning projects will be announced at the show on November 9th.

The first project nomination involved a 204.6 kW solar array installed to reduce energy use and power demand for Flying S, Inc., an aerospace manufacturer in Palestine, IL.  The focus of Tick Tock’s poster presentation is achieving demand reduction with solar photovoltaics.  Considerable computer modeling of the facility’s electrical demand and forecasted solar power production was completed during the project’s design phase.  The final solar array that was constructed consisted of three subarrays:  a southeast-facing 60 kW array, a southwest-facing 60 kW array, and an 84 kW south-facing array.  After two months of operation, Flying S has seen an average power demand reduction of 18% compared to the prior two months despite a major expansion in plant area and electrical load.

The second project vying for the distinction award is an innovative 51 kW hybrid solar and wind turbine installation for NECA-IBEW Local 601 Joint Apprenticeship Training Center (JATC) in Champaign, IL.  The project utilized a 10 kW Bergey wind turbine and 41 kW of solar mounted on the roof, wall, ground and an AllEarth dual-axis tracker.  The different renewable energy systems and equipment used demonstrates popular solar PV and small-wind installation options.  The system is a key component of the JATC’s 5-year training program offered to apprentice electricians in the Champaign-Urbana area.  The system interconnects with the JATC training center and the IBEW’s main administrative office and produces an estimated 87% of the electricity needs for the two offices.  Tick Tock Energy’s poster presentation will feature photos of the project, highlight the many key participants in the project and educational support facets of this unique project.

About Tick Tock Energy, Inc.

Tick Tock Energy, Inc., headquartered in Effingham, Illinois, provides start-to-finish services in solar PV, small-wind turbines, lighting retrofits, daylight systems, and energy monitoring.  They aim to help residential, farm and commercial facilities reduce electricity costs through renewable energy installations, energy-efficient retrofits and energy management solutions.  For more visit, www.ticktockenergy.com, or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ticktockenergy or on YouTube at www.youtube.com/ticktockenergy