RPCS, Knobelsdorff Electric partner on 17-MW portfolio in Minnesota


RP Construction Services, Inc. and Knobelsdorff announced a 2020 partnership to supply 14 communities throughout the state of Minnesota with solar energy. Included in the 2020 pipeline (a total of 17 MWdc) is the 1.2-MWdc Silver Lake project, which will be the very first solar array utilizing a combination of AP Alternatives’ ground screw foundation and the Array Technologies single axis tracker.

RP Construction Services, Inc. is a trusted partner of solar tracker manufacturer Array Technologies, Inc., and will be supplying the DuraTrack HZ v3 single-axis solar tracker for the portfolio of projects. Array trackers keep the solar photovalic modules following the sun on its course throughout the day, optimizing energy gains and ensuring up to a 20 to 25 percent increase in energy production over fixed-tilt systems.

Knoblesdorff Energy, a division of Knobelsdorff, will partner with RP Construction Services, Inc. to perform engineering, procurement, and construction services. Knoblesdorff Energy also performs startup, commissioning, as well as Operations and Maintenance services for the renewable energy market. RP Construction Services, Inc. and Knobelsdorff Energy have worked closely over the last several years and completed nearly 20 megawatts’ worth of solar projects in 2019.

Knoblesdorff Energy will be completing the civil and electrical scope as well as the mechanical installation as the project Engineering, Procurement, ans Construction.

“Partnering with RPCS to be a part of the first solar project using AP Alternatives and Array Technologies is exciting,” said Jeff Schrimpf, General Manager, Energy of Knoblesdorff Energy. “The system has allowed us to find a cost-effective alternative to standard H-pile due to poor soil conditions. Without this alternative, the project may not have been feasible to build.”

“Knobelsdorff is always wonderful to work with,” says RP Construction Services, Inc. Sales Director Patty Thornton.“They’re timely, efficient, and trustworthy. We’re excited about the upcoming pipeline, but more importantly we’re pleased to have been selected as their source for Array trackers for their projects in Minnesota.”

The portfolio of Minnesota projects will , and will be completed in 2020.

— Solar Builder magazine

[source: https://solarbuildermag.com/news/rpcs-knobelsdorff-electric-partner-on-17-mw-portfolio-in-minnesota/]

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