Solar Panel Installation on Downtown Valpo Development Marks First for Indiana

In Valparaiso, the solar array on the roof of the new Vale View development marks a first in Indiana. Chester Inc., the architect and contracting firm that designed and built the downtown Vale View property for Wayne Enterprises, said it’s the first commercial installation of this particular type of solar module in the state. Officials say these solar panels can generate power from the backside of the module as opposed to just the front, as with standard panels. Wayne Enterprises contracted Emergent Solar Energy out of Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette to design and build the solar project.

“We had decided to put solar on the Vale View development from nearly the beginning, and we were convinced that it was the right economic decision for the project,” said Wayne Enterprises CEO Matthew Welter. “From a community standpoint, being a leader in our community is a something I take seriously. And being a leader in instituting renewable energy is something exciting for Valparaiso. Solar aligns with our goal of improving the value we provide for our residents and being a more sustainable organization.”

Wayne Enterprises contracted Emergent Solar Energy out of Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette to design and build the solar project.
“Wayne Enterprises made solar their first choice for lowering their operational costs,” said Jeremy Lipinski, Managing Partner of Emergent Solar Energy. When I first viewed the roof plan for the Vale View project I and realized that the surface membrane was white, I immediately saw the opportunity to build this array with bifacial solar modules. The use of these bifacial solar panels will significantly increase the array’s power production, and this will have positive affect on the project’s economics. With solar, Wayne Enterprises is able to reduce the amount of energy it needs to buy from the utility and minimizes its exposure to increasing energy costs while it continues to expand its operations in Valparaiso.”

Chester Inc. was the architect and contracting firm that designed and built the downtown Vale View property for Wayne Enterprises.
“ As the exclusive architectural and construction contractor for Vale View, we find it quite rewarding to know that Matt and Jeremy were able to incorporate the bifacial solar modules as an initial structure of this type in the state, said Rich Shields, Director of Marketing & Business Development for Chester Inc. “I believe this speaks volumes to the detailed craftmanship that went into all facets of Vale View to lend to its prominence as the city’s first bifacial solar renewable energy facility”