DuraTrack goes down under: Array Technologies to support six new Australian solar projects

The DuraTrack HZ v3 from Array Technologies, the top supplier of centralized solar tracking systems, was selected for six new Australian solar projects. The projects, scheduled for commercial operation in 2018, total 586 MW of new solar power in Australia and will provide reliable, clean power to 238,000 homes across Queensland and Victoria.

Australia has one of the fastest growing solar markets in the world. A recent RenewEconomy report shows that the country’s solar capacity is on track for 12 GW of installed capacity by 2020, double the current total. Array’s trackers add value for Australian developers and EPCs with their streamlined installation, zero scheduled maintenance, and industry-leading reliability.

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Projects in this burgeoning solar tracker portfolio include:

• Ross River: A 148 MW solar installation close to the City of Townsville, Queensland. This project will power the equivalent of 54,000 Queensland homes and is currently under construction with completion expected in August of 2018.

• Gannawarra: The first large-scale solar farm in Victoria. This 60 MW facility, located in Northwest Victoria, will power the equivalent of 25,000 Victorian homes. The system is anticipated to be online in March of 2018.

• Whitsunday: A 69 MW solar farm located just outside of Collinsville in North Queensland. Whitsunday will bring power to the equivalent of 31,000 Queensland homes and is expected to commence commercial operation in March of 2018.

• Hamilton: Located in close proximity to Whitsunday in North Queensland, Hamilton is a 69 MW facility that will bring power the equivalent of 31,000 Queensland homes. The system is expected to commence commercial operation in March of 2018.

• Daydream: A 180 MW solar farm in North Queensland. Daydream will bring clean power to the equivalent of 73,000 Queensland homes and is expected to commence commercial operation in August of 2018.

• Hayman: A 60 MW facility also located in North Queensland. The Hayman solar farm will power the equivalent of 24,000 Queensland homes and is expected to commence commercial operation in August of 2018.

In addition to these six recent projects, Array is also providing trackers for three projects in New South Wales, Australia – Parkes (66 MW), Griffith (36 MW) and Dubbo (28 MW). Completion of all three installations is expected by the end of 2017.

“Australia is an important market for Array’s global business strategy,” said Ron Corio, Array Technologies’ founder and CEO. “Given the fast trajectory of this market, it is critical that in the design process, developers fully understand the long term cost and performance implications of their equipment selection. With over 28 years in the tracker business, we are confident that our product will meet the high standards of the Australian solar market.”

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RP Construction partners with Renesola Power Services on 7-site solar tracker portfolio

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RP Construction Services Inc. (RPCS) is kicking off of another portfolio of single-axis tracker projects for Array Technologies, partnering with Renesola Power Services. The partnership will include the tracker procurement and mechanical construction of 7 sites, all commencing simultaneously. RPCS is Array Technologies Inc.’s Value Added Reseller and leading installer for projects 10-MW and under.

Having completed multiple projects in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Mississippi, RPCS is excited to break ground in the North Carolina market. As the development of solar projects continues to grow throughout the Southeast, RPCS and Array offer a reliable solution with the industry’s lowest fielded cost while providing national EPCs a turnkey tracker solution.

RPCS designs and builds ground mount solar projects using the Array Technologies DuraTrack HZ v3 Single-Axis Tracker. With over 275 MW and over 150 projects completed or under construction throughout states including California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Indiana, and the southeastern states mentioned above, RPCS provides full turnkey service and support for the industry’s most bankable and reliable tracker.

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RPCS provided customers attending last month’s Solar Power International (SPI) a live demo of Array’s DuraTrack HZ v3 system, optimized for both standard 72-cell and First Solar module applications. RPCS’s knowledge of Array Technologies’ trackers ensures expert-level turnkey project assistance, including site layout optimization, ancillary engineering services, tracker supply, foundation post procurement and complete mechanical installation.

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Republic Services and renewable energy company Soltage sent word of a 13.5 MW project constructed on three former landfill sites, or brownfields, in Massachusetts. Based on preliminary estimates, this project is expected to produce enough electricity to power 1,900 local households. When complete, the project will be comprised of 41,000 solar panels that will provide electricity for Massachusetts municipalities.

Landfills can often provide opportunities to harness energy from yesterday’s waste and convert it into renewable energy for tomorrow’s power needs. This project in Massachusetts represent Republic’s commitment to the expanded application of solar energy technologies on former landfills, and complements existing solar energy projects in Texas, Georgia and Nevada.

“Solar is an excellent development opportunity for former landfills, providing additional revenue streams to the landowner, affordable power for the local communities and strong environmental benefits for the state,” said Jesse Grossman, CEO of Soltage. “Republic has shown their commitment to environmental leadership as well as their commitment to supporting the local community. By installing solar infrastructure on landfills, together we’re able to provide low-cost power for local Massachusetts communities and support the local economy.”

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Basalt Infrastructure Partners, an independent infrastructure investment firm, acted as the primary investor on the project. This is the first solar project between Republic and Soltage, and the first project completed as part of the Basalt-Soltage $140 million equity capital partnership to fund over 100 megawatts of commercial and industrial (C&I) and utility-scale pipeline of solar projects across the United States.

“We are pleased to work with Soltage and Republic in providing the capital to support the innovative siting, delivery and construction methods for solar projects that will provide many years of clean energy for Massachusetts,” said Rob Gregor, Managing Partner of Basalt Infrastructure Partners.


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Ohio family farm turns to solar to reduce energy expenses

Third Sun Solar is in the midst of making a major change to one of Trumbull County’s largest dairy farms. Michelle Greenfield, co-founder, Third Sun Solar, said the Athens-based solar energy provider has installed 480 solar panels at Kibler Dairy Farm in Warren, OH.

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Greenfield said the panels would provide 163.2 kW of power; and for a farm like this, that means monthly savings in the thousands. The first year alone should provide over $23,000 in avoided electrical payments that can be reinvested in the farm. In turn, this should offset approximately 120 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

“Family farms can be the essence of going green,” Greenfield said. “Dairy farms in particular are an untapped resource to bring more renewable energy to our heartland.”

David Darr, president of farm services at national dairy marketing cooperative Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), of which Kibler Dairy Farm is a member said, “We are seeing a lot of interest in renewable energy as many of our farmers are looking for ways to save money, increase self-reliance and operate their farms in more environmentally friendly ways. Through this partnership with Third Sun Solar, we hope to make solar technology more mainstream as the economic and environmental opportunities for farmers are incredibly beneficial.”

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“Panels are far more durable now than 15 or even five years ago,” Greenfield added. “With panel prices half of what they used to be, solar is far more attainable for farmers looking to reduce their carbon footprint.”

A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place September 12, 2017 at Kibler Dairy Farm, 5163 Highland Avenue, Warren, Ohio to celebrate the panel installation.

Third Sun Solar is a full-service clean energy company serving homeowners, businesses, institutions and government entities across the Midwest. It is a licensed electrical and general contractor that has installed more than 800 projects and 12,000 kWs of solar energy systems in 14 states since starting in 2000. Additionally, Third Sun Solar is a woman-owned, certified B-Corporation with the mission to accelerate the shift to clean energy.

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Solar FlexRack selected for Superfund solar site in Vermont

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The Elizabeth Mine Solar Project on the Superfund site in Strafford and Thetford, Vermont, selected Solar FlexRack’s FlexRack Series B3P-X fixed tilt system to support the 7-MWdc PV plant. The project is being developed by Greenwood Energy, Brightfields Development and Wolfe Energy and installed by Conti Solar (the turnkey EPC contractor). This is the finishing touch on a major remediation project (that is nominated for a Project of the Year) that transformed unused landfill to a renewable energy generation site delivering enough electricity to power 1,200 homes.

“We are honored to have been selected for a Superfund Project that has restored a healthy balance to an environmentally challenged site and transformed it to a productive renewable energy power plant,” said Steve Daniel, EVP, Solar FlexRack. “Congratulations to Greenwood Energy and to all who worked on the successful Elizabeth Mine Superfund Project.”

Work on the Elizabeth Mine Solar Project included the upgrade of the regional substation and power lines to the town of Strafford resulting in an improved electrical system that upgraded the reliability of the entire system benefitting the residents of the community. The Superfund project transformed the region to a healthier environment and turned unused landfill into a sustainable solar power generation plant.

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