Solar Builder

MAY-JUN 2018

Solar Builder focuses on the installation/construction of solar PV systems. We cover the latest PV technology (modules, mounting, inverters, storage, BOS) and equip installers/contractors with tips and tools to make informed purchasing decisions.

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 28 of 55

SOLARBUILDERMAG.COM | 29 It is important to drive down both product and implementation costs on our clients' projects. We focus an enormous amount of energy on our product designs to ensure they are both lean and structurally sound and appropriate for each site. In addition, we are constantly challenging our supply chain to reduce component costs, and we have built a robust ser- vices team to ensure products are installed correctly and efficiently. For example, in February, we were working with a team to install community solar projects in Minnesota where it can get down to -60 degrees F. We can do that because we have product options for solar tracker and rack- ing solutions and a level of expertise that allows us to address varying conditions. The goal is to lower an EPC's risk and ultimately save them money on their project budgets along with ensuring their project's success. Solar FlexRack's trackers are now available with a Self-Powered option, can ac- commodate up to 90 modules per table, are compatible with all First Solar (Series 4 and 6) and Solar Frontier modules. Have options to maximize yield Steve Daniels, EVP of sales and marketing, Solar FlexRack three to four install teams out on roofs, and ini- tially they are afraid to take on 20-kW ground- mounts because they think it means taking two crews off a roof. But we can keep them on the roof and get 20 kW installed in four hours." Boguess even believes they've created a com- pletely new (and catchy!) application category for solar called "Lift and Shift," born from the fact that the Osprey anchors can be disengaged and the complete PV system above ground can be literally lifted as is and shifted to another location. This opens up totally new areas for PV, such as temporary farm land and mining. "We had the idea of financing modular ground-mount systems with a PPA in the min- ing industry," Boguess says. "This is unheard of because how will you finance a mobile microgrid hybrid solution when you want to move the asset every two years? We enable mining operations or those EPCs in this space to mitigate that risk because when that dig doesn't find what they want after two or three years, they can lift and shift to redeploy the asset, not leaving it stranded. A stranded asset is what is holding up PPAs." Underneath power lines is also a brave new world that's now possible in California. Just recently Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) awarded Nuance Energy 40 50-kWac systems to be installed using the Osprey PowerPlatform. "Our strategy for keeping costs low is to deploy solar arrays along existing transmission lines, where we already have rights of way, and to handle the installations entirely ourselves with our own crews," says Francisco Fernandez, the lead electrical engineer in LADWP's Solar Power Engineering Department. This strategy imposed two special requirements: easy remov- al when necessary to affect repairs or upgrades to the overhead transmission lines and ease of installation by small crews. "The solution from Nuance Energy met these two requirements." With LADWP's system providing more than 26 million MHh of electricity annually to 1.5 million residential and business customers in the city of Los Angeles' 472 square miles, the poten- tial for solar energy deployments is substantial. Added together, the Nuance Energy value proposition is a compelling one, offering sev- eral new opportunities for a wide variety of solar contractors and EPCs to grow and solid- ify their business. Chris Crowell is the managing editor of Solar Builder. | (585) 328-2011 WIRE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM The NEW STANDARD in Solar Wire Management Installations • Commercial • Residential • Agricultural • Ground Mounts • Carports / Awnings Applications • Conduit Replacement • Homeruns • Vertical Runs • Rodent Protection • Row to Row Crossover Versatility & Performance Reimagined

Articles in this issue

Archives of this issue

view archives of Solar Builder - MAY-JUN 2018