It goes without saying that when we finish projects, we take a deep breath and are proud of our work. We know our customers and partners are satisfied, and we’ve done our part to make the planet more sustainable in the process.

But it’s particularly gratifying when you receive industry recognition for your work—and so it was when our name was called at the MD-DC-DE-VA Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA) Solar Focus Conference earlier this month.

Solar Focus 2017 marked MDV-SEIA’s 30th year anniversary advancing policies, standards, education and leadership to advance solar energy deployment throughout the region. The conference committee awarded this year’s Project of the Year award to the Standard Solar team for completing solar projects on all four statewide campuses of Delaware Technical Community College (Delaware Tech).

When we heard our name, we celebrated—but we knew we could never have done the project alone. After all, if we hadn’t teamed up with Urban Grid, or if Delaware Tech hadn’t made a commitment to solar electricity, we wouldn’t have been there in the first place. So we offer our congratulations to these two wonderful organizations and thank them for including us in this award-winning project.

Our partnership with the organization dates back to Phase One of the 2.1 MW project, a 2,645 panel solar-electric system, including installations at four different campuses. The 800 kW system, commissioned four years ago produces around 1,075 MWh of electricity annually.

And earlier this year, we completed the 1.3 MW Phase Two, including three separate installations at two campuses.

What made it possible was our ability to finance projects in-house. We were able to help finance a long-term power-purchase agreement (PPA) for Delaware Tech through Urban Grid and, with that, the project was born.

At Standard Solar, we do understand that resting on our laurels is not an option, however. That’s why being fortunate enough to win this award will only motivate our incredible team of installers, financiers, engineers and everyone else to keep striving for greatness.

After all, our goal is always to deliver award-winning projects to all of our customers, and we will continue to do that for as long as we can.