AET Provides Roof Ballast System for GM Facility

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A 580 kilowatt solar array was recently added to the roof of Baltimore Operation’s e-Motor building, where electric motors and drive units for the Chevrolet Spark EV are built. This new array is made up of approximately 2,420 panels and covers 87 percent of the e-Motor building’s roof.

Applied Energy Technologies (AET), a supplier of commercial and utility-scale racking systems and one of the top 10 solar racking companies in the United States, was selected by Empower Energies to provide its Rayport-B roof ballast mounting system at GM’s Baltimore Operations facility in White Marsh, Md. This manufacturing campus already featured a 1.23-MW rooftop solar array. The new system will add approximately 2,420 5-by-3 solar panels, covering 87 percent of the roof area of the GM e-Motor building, a 110,500-square-foot addition that manufactures electric motors and drive units for the Chevrolet Spark EV.

“Our roots are in the automotive industry,” said Aaron Faust, VP of business development at AET. “The precision and rigorous specifications required to manufacture quality products in the automotive industry are traits embodied in GM, and ones that we bring to our solar racking systems. Our Rayport-B roof ballast system, being the only stainless steel system on the market, brings unprecedented quality and reliability to the PV installation at GM’s facility.”

AET has more than 30 years of product development and engineering experience in both automotive and solar industries.

— Solar Builder magazine

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