With the first phase of the innovative solar carport at Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems and Training facility in Oldsmar, Fla., completed and phase two construction now underway, Florida’s largest private, non-utility-owned solar array is quickly becoming a landmark. The team is preparing for an official ribbon cutting and launch of the project October 2015.
General contractor Advanced Roofing and sister company Advanced Green Technologies (AGT) marked the midway construction milestone of the 2.26 MW solar carport in Oldsmar earlier this month, with the entire project on track for completion in October 2015. AGT is constructing and installing Lockheed Martin’s 151,400-square-foot solar carport, which is expected to produce an estimated 3.3 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year when completed, cutting energy purchases for the facility by up to 60 percent.
AGT Solar is an award-winning solar energy contractor and a sizable commercial re-roofing company. Founded in 2007, AGT specializes in the design, procurement and construction of rooftop, carport and ground-mounted solar energy systems.
Advanced Roofing is also resurfacing the facility’s entire 6.65-acre parking lot while Lockheed Martin operations remain in full swing. More than 250 Lockheed Martin employees’ vehicles are being shaded under the two completed, 400-foot-long carport sections. According to Clint Sockman, vice president of Advanced Roofing and AGT, phase one’s 3,880 Hanwha SolarOne S-series modules will begin converting sunlight to energy once transformers are installed later this summer.
“The carport’s scope and capacity make it a great demonstration of solar energy’s potential to improve sustainability for Florida’s private sector,” Sockman said. “It’s an exciting, fast-track project that draws on our decades of experience handling complex projects in operational businesses, governmental and healthcare environments.”
— Solar Builder magazine