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Press release – 4 MW Solar Project in Livermore, CA

Mounting Systems Integrates Sigma I Steel Ground Mounts into a 4 MW Photovoltaic Project

June 8, 2016

West Sacramento, CA – In light of the recent completion of a 4 MW PV project in Livermore, CA, Mounting Systems is proud to announce its contribution to the success of this solar development at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Mounting Systems supplied its signature Sigma I Steel ground mounts, which utilizes a new, proprietary cold-rolled steel with Clickstone technology for speed and ease of installation. With ISO-9001 and UL 2703 certification, contractors could depend on the efficiency and reliability of ground mount installations through Mounting System’s services. Read more

10 Things to improve a Solar Ground-Mount Project

As photovoltaic (PV) projects have evolved over time, the industry has focused on reducing costs to increase the adoption of solar power. This reduction has been dramatic, and the corresponding increase in solar PV projects is exciting, with new records in project size and overall deployments announced nearly every year. As solar project costs drop so, too, have racking costs through the utilization of improved engineering analysis, appropriate and efficient material selection, and improved manufacturing approaches. Knowing that racking continues to play an integral role in solar installations, savvy project integrators are paying more attention than ever to products and solutions available to reduce costs and create job site efficiencies. To help end-users optimize PV installations, the following breaks down the project development and construction process, from start to finish.

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Cost Reduction, State of the Art and Trends of Structural Solar BoS

From the perspective of an installer the better the planning and the better the execution matches the planning the better the end result and the less likely it is that CO’s will be issued! Sounds easy – should be easy, but in reality….. it is not that easy!

If a project is executed on the fly – the costs have to be higher than well planned & executed projects so therefore the contingency has to be higher!

Check out the presentation to get some ideas how to reduce costs & call us to discuss and support your project!

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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

Array Technologies Kicks-off Certified Installer Program

Sunstall, Inc. has officially become the first successful trainee of Array Technologies’ Certified Installer Network. Based in Novato, California, Sunstall brings industry leading installation services and project management expertise to their partnership with Array Technologies, Inc. (ATI). For projects within Sunstall’s Certified Installer scope they will also provide Operations and Maintenance services.

Array Technologies offers turnkey services for commercial and utility-scale solar projects utilizing DuraTrack™ HZ and DuraRack™ products through its Certified Installer Network. All Certified Installers will have successfully passed a training course on installation, commissioning and O&M best practices of the aforementioned products.

“We are now pleased to offer our customers superior tracking and racking systems alongside Sunstall’s outstanding installation services,” explained ATI Founder & CEO, Ron Corio. “This partnership will allow our customers to receive expert turnkey services at the lowest installed cost.”

“Together with our partner ATI we’re happy to provide the highest level of customer service for their industry leading products. Our partnership will ensure optimal performance and high yield over the entire lifecycle of ourcustomers’ solar plant investments.” said Heiko W. Schramm, VP at Sunstall Inc.

For more information on Array Technologies’ Certified Installer Network please visitarraytechinc.com/commercial/certified-installer-network/.

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