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Low margins and high risks

Solar EPCs in the US are competing for fewer projects. Increased specialization, efficiency improvements, and accelerating mergers and acquisitions are among the strategies used by the companies to survive.

One way to control margins is to manage projects systematically. “The amount of wasted time per project is in the 30% range”, says Heiko Schramm of Sunstall.Key points:

  • As EPCs struggle with low margins, they are being asked to take on more risk.
  • Large EPCs are pursuing smaller projects.
  • Higher efficiency in project management may help to differentiate EPCs in the future
  • EPCs are engaged in an accelerated level of mergers and acquisitions

If you want to read more go to pv-magazine and read Charles W Thurston’s article.

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Oregon Solar Highway

PGE and ODOT Commemorate the Solar Highway Milestone

October 26 2011 – Aurora Oregon; Representatives from Portland General Electric, the Oregon Department of Transportation, Five Stars International and Contractors working on the Solar Highway 1.745 Megawatt project joined Advanced Energy Systems and Sunstall Inc. at the construction site today to mark the milestone surrounding the beginning of the Solar World module installation. With the final post driven in the six acre site, and over 50% of the Haticon Racking assembled it was time to start mounting the 250 watt solar panels. Assisting in unpacking the first module was the project brainchild, Allison Hamilton of ODOT. Other notables from ODOT were Lynn Aveberck, and Lynn Frank of Five Stars International. PGE representatives included Mark Osborne, Dawn Wilde, and Robert Ferraro.

When completed, the project will provide enough electricity to offset the use of both the North and Southbound rest areas at the project location, approximately 15 miles South of Portland Oregon on Interstate 5. As the primary Solar Contractor on the project, Advanced Energy Systems teamed up with SunStall Corporation for the racking installation, and Christensen Electric of Portland for the primary electrical installation. Read more

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Client Testimonial 03

Dec, 17th 2013


I’m sorry I had to take off today before circling back with you.

 We’ve been impressed with SunStall’s efforts on behalf of the …….. Solar Park project despite the challenges.  While some weather issues might/should be expected this time of year in WI, I honestly think that this Nov/Dec was extreme in terms of the wet/mud early only to be followed by the frigged temps – I think today was the nicest day we’ve seen in a month.


In no small part due to SunStall, it looks like we will meet out 12/31 deadline.  The next project we do, I’ll owe you a steak dinner.

a MidWest Client

Integrated Geotechnical Services

German engineering influences the solar market with its integrated geotechnical services. Using a pile driving team and soil experts, Sunstall Inc. and AquaSoli LLC are helping lower the costs of solar plants nationwide. With the on-site test loadings, these experts can obtain the foundation strength as well as soil parameters and use the data to create secure and feasible foundation designs for solar plants.


Press Release Sunstall 0112 | Cantsink Manufacturing and Sunstall Join Forces



Lilburn, GA – Novato, CA                                                                             April 26, 2012

After making initial contact shortly before the start of Intersolar 2011 in San Francisco, California.  Cantsink President, Patrick Hutchinson and Sunstall President, Helge Biernath, began talks to consider creating a strategic alliance on ground-mounted photovoltaic projects.  During these conversations, it became increasingly evident that the two companies could very easily work in tandem to greatly increase the productivity and marketability of each firm, resulting in a cost-effective offering to the customers.

Cantsink Manufacturing, a manufacturer of steel helical piles from Lilburn, Georgia, has had increasing success on the Eastern Seaboard of the US, but had very little exposure and capability to have its product installed in the Western United States.  The use of helical piles for PV installations, offers a quick, effective and environmentally friendly means of supporting ground mounted solar structures.  Helical piles provide an effective alternative to driven steel piles and concrete foundations.

Sunstall Inc, a California corporation, offers extensive knowledge in installing ground mount utility solar projects. Experienced in the execution, management, and coordination of construction, Sunstall is able to offer a key piece of capability, nationwide, expanding the service offering of Cantsink Manufacturing.  Sunstall is able to coordinate and manage project installations from coast to coast, effectively.  Using Cantsink’s products and Sunstall’s installation capability, the two companies can now offer services that will guarantee a superbly engineered project that will be installed quickly, competently and will stand the tests of time.  For more information you can visit cantsink.com and sunstall.com.

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