West Hills Construction to develop 20-MW of rooftop solar tracker projects

West Hills Construction, a fourth-generation family owned design/build general construction firm, is developing up to 20 MW of commercial and industrial rooftop solar projects utilizing Edisun’s rooftop tracking technology, PV Booster. The first project developed under this partnership is a 1 MW solar array installed on 368,000 square feet of a 528,000 square foot cold storage industrial building in Oxnard, Calif. The project utilizes more than 2,900 trackers, making it the world’s largest rooftop tracker installation.

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PV Booster is the only dual-axis rooftop solar tracker specifically designed to meet the needs of C&I building owners and solar developers. By tracking the sun throughout the day, Edisun says PV Booster increases energy production by 30 percent and enhances project economics by 20 percent when compared to conventional fixed-tilt installations.

“The West Hills team is dedicated to finding and implementing technologies that meet our impeccable standards for craftsmanship while improving our customers’ bottom lines,” said Rusty Wood, vice president, West Hills Construction, Inc. “Over the last decade we have explored numerous solutions that promise to optimize rooftop solar at the commercial and industrial scale. PV Booster is the only technology actually able to accomplish this objective, and we’re excited to share it with our customers.”

 

“Partnering with a visionary company such as West Hills, which has built more than 10 million square feet of real estate and is an expert in construction and solar installation, is the first of many exciting growth milestones for Edisun,” said Bill Gross, chief executive officer, Edisun Microgrids, Inc. and founder, Idealab. “PV Booster’s technology fundamentally improves the economics of rooftop solar for developers, installers, building owners, and tenants, which aligns with our core mission to revolutionize the economics of solar. We believe this increase in the value of solar projects, such as Chiquita’s Oxnard installation, will be the catalyst for the widespread adoption of solar in the C&I sector.”

Project commissioning is expected in Fall 2017.

— Solar Builder magazine

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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— Solar Builder magazine

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.

— Solar Builder magazine

Soltec supplies 13 MW of solar trackers to PV plant in Oregon

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Soltec is supplying complete tracker equipment to the 13-MW Eagle Point solar PV plant located in the state of Oregon by leading project developer Cypress Creek Renewables.

“Our trackers require the fewest piles per megawatt and keep earth grading operations to a minimum, preserving the site’s wetlands and fragile ecosystem,” reported José María Lozano, Engineering Global Director at Soltec. “Our independent-row, short tracker site-fill advantages allowed the plant to be designed with the trackers arranged diagonally, rather than in a straight line, to make the most of the available land.”

The 491 complete solar trackers manufactured by Soltec present a market-leading cost advantage. The trackers will be produced and shipped in less than 40 days to the project site on the outskirts of Medford, near the Rogue Valley International Airport.

“We are proud to be chosen once again by Cypress Creek Renewables,” said Raúl Morales, CEO of Soltec. “Customer success comes from combining cost-effective, high-yield equipment offering high-tolerance installation features with Soltec’s proven reliability as a tracking partner.”

 

— Solar Builder magazine

Details on new solar fixed tilt, tracker Pro packages from SunLink

SunLink Corp. is offering new packages for its GeoPro fixed tilt and TechTrack Distributed single axis tracker products. The goal is to provide EPCs and developers with increased product pricing transparency and greater customization to meet the unique needs of the full spectrum of solar projects.

“Today’s sophisticated solar customers are looking for a solutions partner that can provide increased value on a growing diversity of solar projects,” said Kate Trono, vice president of products at SunLink. “There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution that can effectively be applied to every project. The new GeoPro and TechTrack Distributed product packages empower customers with choice and flexibility by delivering highly engineered products bundled with value-added services and technology that maximize their investment on every project in their portfolio.”

New GeoPro Product Packages

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Key benefits of the GeoPro product include:

  • Foundation flexibility for soils of all types with W-Posts, Groundscrews, Helical Piles, cast in place ballast, or a hybrid of solutions
  • Terrain following to minimize site grading at an industry-leading 20% East-West
  • Ability to co-locate with TechTrack Distributed to optimize a site’s energy density on projects with varying levels of complexity. One engineering team for seamless layout and uniform application of consistent standards and geotech testing, saving time and money

GeoPro will now come in two product packages:

  • Standard Package which includes world-class engineering, stamped structural packages, and project management support to ensure success on every size project
  • Speed Package which bolsters the standard package with the inclusion of components specially designed for maximum adjustability, and delivery of ready-to-install, pre-assembled parts. Perfect for projects where installation efficiency is the top priority.

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New TechTrack Distributed Product Packages

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  • Intelligent operating modes optimize performance for ever-changing environmental conditions including wind, snow and flood
  • The proprietary Dynamic Stabilization feature efficiently redistributes loads, allowing the tracker system to handle extreme wind with less steel, fewer foundations and lower cost
  • The Virtual Pivot creates 120-degree accurate tracking to maximize generation potential while eliminating dead space and enabling superior terrain following
  • ETL certification to UL 2703 and UL 3703 standards
  • Foundation counts and section size counts are consistently the lowest in the industry, reducing steel costs and on-site sequencing headaches

TechTrack Distributed will now be sold in two product packages:

  • Standard Package which includes world-class engineering and project management support to ensure success on every size project, as well as commissioning support with tracker status reports from VERTEX
  •  Pro Package provides additional topographic grade following foundation analysis to minimize steel overages and ensure install tolerances; a certified commissioning team for faster interconnection and ongoing access to actionable system performance data via VERTEX

SunLink’s intelligent tracker control and performance monitoring platform VERTEX increases uptime confidence and enables more efficient O&M. VERTEX subscriptions can also be layered onto any TechTrack Distributed product package.

VERTEX provides real-time data for insights into a tracker’s tilt and its impact to energy generation, fueling the intelligent control system that auto-adjusts the tracker to wind, snow and O&M modes of operation. Beginning in 2018, TechTrack with VERTEX will reduce the cost of O&M and improve project outcomes by putting superior O&M and analytics tools in the hands of our customers.

Comprehensive Services and Support

In addition to the GeoPro and TechTrack Distributed product packages, customers may also choose to layer on Cold Weather, PowerCare geotechnical, installation or O&M services to allow them to focus on their core business while taking on more commercial and utility-scale projects. Coming into its third year, SunLink’s signature PowerCare program optimizes system design, expedites commercial and small utility completion rates and ensures the lowest tracker maintenance costs in the industry.

Here’s a handy iBook overview of the new product packages if  you’d like more info.

— Solar Builder magazine