Solar and Wind KC has unveiled a unique combination of rooftop solar panels and solar awnings at the Parkville Heights Animal Hospital. The roof-mounted array maximizes energy capture, while the solar awnings provide instant usable power via micro-inverters as well as shade. This approach utilizes an advance in solar technology called micro-inverters which allows for separating and mounting panels around the perimeter of a site, instead of all panels being mounted together as with traditional systems and inverters. Now, the solar awnings are an incorporated piece of the building’s architecture. The solar array also is equipped with a special type of inverter, which not only changes direct current to alternate current but also actively monitors the solar array and adjusts for periodical shading. The overall solar array is a 25kW system, and the awning structure was designed exclusively by Solar and Wind KC.