Solar FlexRack supplies G3-X fixed tilt system for 71-MW project in North Carolina

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Solar FlexRack’s reputation within the solar industry continues to grow. A division of Northern States Metals, Solar FlexRack has completed shipments of its G3-X fixed tilt racking system to Brantley solar farm, a large-scale solar project in North Carolina. The 71 MWdc project, which is about 30 miles east of Raleigh, was developed and is currently being built by Cypress Creek Renewables, a leading national solar developer, builder and operator.

“Cypress Creek Renewables has been instrumental in supporting the growth of the solar industry in North Carolina, generating jobs for communities, and providing passive income opportunities for landowners,” said Steve Daniel, Executive Vice President of Solar FlexRack. “As long-term solar project owners and operators, they care about the quality of the systems they install which resonates with our values as a quality-driven organization.”

Solar FlexRack’s solar tracking and racking facilities located in Youngstown, Ohio employ hundreds of people. More than 5,200 tons of North American sourced steel went into the racking technology manufactured for Cypress Creek’s Brantley solar farm.

“The Solar FlexRack team brings a deep level of solar expertise, ensuring projects are constructed without issues,” said Matthew McGovern, CEO of Cypress Creek Renewables. “We are pleased to be working with Solar FlexRack to supply our Brantley project with American-made components widely recognized across the industry for their quality.”

Solar FlexRack offers solar tracking and racking solutions for crystalline and thin film modules. The selection and quality of their products provide a wider choice for solar project engineers to design optimal performance in their solar systems.

— Solar Builder magazine

Solar FlexRack expands solar services across Western Canada

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Solar FlexRack, a division of Northern States Metals and an innovative leader in photovoltaic mounting and solar tracker solutions, has expanded its solar tracker, fixed tilt racking and project support services across the western regions of Canada. Recently closed supply contracts include commercial and industrial projects, along with distributed generation in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia.

Solar FlexRack’s solar tracker, racking and services offerings are the superior choice for developers and EPCs looking to reduce their solar project risks and, ultimately, budgets. Solar FlexRack’s teams are experts in Northern climates, terrains, and subsoils. That deep experience of delivering hundreds of megawatts of trouble-free solar installations in snow and ice country has solidified the Solar FlexRack name.

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Steve Daniel, Executive Vice President of Solar FlexRack said, “Our team includes geotechnical, structural, civil and mechanical engineers. They have cut their teeth designing solar foundations in climates from Alaska to the Caribbean and have special training in conditions where frost is a critical factor. We use sophisticated testing systems to provide accurate and carefully analyzed data for precise results.”

Meet the team

Schedule a meeting with Solar FlexRack at Solar Canada, June 20 – 21 at the BMO Centre in Calgary, Alberta. Presented by the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), Solar FlexRack will join an estimated 2,200 attendees at the conference to share important information on their companies and to get the latest updates on the growth of the Canada solar industry.

— Solar Builder magazine

Solar FlexRack adds self powered option to its TDP solar trackers

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Solar FlexRack, a division of Northern States Metals and an innovative leader in solar tracker, mounting and project support services, is now offering a new, integrated Self Powered Solution for its TDP Solar Trackers. The safe and efficient technology simplifies the installation process by greatly reducing AC wiring and associated trenching, and providing a highly reliable system for large‐scale and commercial ground‐mounted solar installations.

The Solar FlexRack Self Powered option for the TDP Solar Tracker line is powered by a PV module and backed up with a rechargeable lithium iron phosphate battery. Providing reliable, green energy storage, our high‐quality battery delivers optimum charging and extended life. The fully bankable technology includes integrated battery and charger, DC motor actuation, stand‐alone functionality, high precision voltage and current sensing, crystalline silicon module and mounting hardware.

Each tracker has its own independent controller with the Solar FlexRack Self Powered Solution allowing your solar farm the greatest amount of flexibility and best overall equipment availability. Commissioning is simplified with user‐friendly, LED code interface and keypad.

Bundled with industry‐leading project support services, Solar FlexRack’s next‐generation solar tracker solutions offer solar developers and EPCs more options to optimize their projects’ designs and installations for increased energy yields and reduced installation risks. Solar FlexRack’s TDP Trackers and now, their new Self Powered option, continue to offer advanced designs that translate to simpler, faster installation, and cost‐savings across the solar project’s budget.

— Solar Builder magazine

H&H Solar completes largest solar project in Iowa

H&H Solar completed two of their latest solar energy projects in Iowa. For both projects, H&H Solar provided the design, engineering, construction and final installation.

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The West Dubuque project, now the largest and most powerful solar energy location in Iowa, is a 5 MWdc ground mount installation sitting on a 22 acre parcel utilizing AP-Alternatives Fixed Tilt Ground Mounted Racking, Canadian Solar Modules and Canadian Solar Inverters. In addition to the design, engineering and construction services provided by H&H Solar, the company also handled the procurement and permitting for the project. Because accessibility to the site was a challenge, the construction of 2,000 feet of service roads was required for a successful installation.

Officially named the Port of Dubuque Solar Garden, the second project’s 1.2 MW capacity is located on a 5 acre parcel that was originally an industrial site which created a litany of problems and challenges.

According to Dave Garner, Project Developer for H&H Solar, “This was an extremely challenging project, not because of its scope, but because it was an industrial site located adjacent to downtown Dubuque. Thoughtful consideration by our engineers and designers was required to workaround factors of density, bike and pedestrian paths, and ornamental fencing, for instance, and these types of issues aren’t necessarily what we deal with in many other solar projects we design and construct.”

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The Port of Dubuque Solar Garden features ground-mounted, fixed tilt ballasted racking from Solar Flex and Solar Modules and Inverters from Canadian Solar. The installation provides power to the grid at 13.8 kV and features a Learning Center that offers information about the site to the public.

Combined, these two projects are expected to power 850 homes from their 19,160 panels that rest on a total of 27 acres. These sites will be the catalyst for additional solar projects throughout Iowa which has traditionally relied on wind energy as their primary source for alternative energy.

— Solar Builder magazine

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.

— Solar Builder magazine