Press Release 01/2015 | Coast Guard Veteran strengthens leadership team

It is a pleasure to inform you that Kelly Hatfield has joined our management team as the Chief, Operations Manager for Sunstall.  He will take over managing all our solar panel installation projects in the field.  Additionally, he will be responsible for managing our field personnel.

Kelly comes to us after a 30 year career serving in the U.S. Coast Guard. With a wealth of leadership and management experience including program management, serving in command of 3 Coast Guard Cutters, and second in command of leading California’s 4,400 Coast Guard personnel over the last 3 years, his operational experience will be invaluable to our mobile solar installation teams.  He has already spent several months in the field working several Sunstall jobs and is excited to be part of the team.

“The leadership skills of our veterans are a huge asset for our young industry – Kelly personifies all these military virtues and will support our growing organization” says CEO Helge Biernath.

The industrial solar industry continues to grow and we are very happy to have Kelly aboard to help us grow with it.  Due to your hard work Sunstall has earned a great reputation in the industry.  We are committed to providing you the tools and support you need to achieve even greater renown.

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

#17 2014 Top Solar Contractor list

Solar Power World, the industry’s leading publication, has released the 2014 Top Solar Contractors list. Featuring 400 of the industry’s most successful solar installation and development companies, the annual list shines a light on businesses that are bringing gigawatts of clean energy to grids across the U.S. and Canada.

Sunstall feels honored to be part of this energy revolution and to contribute to a more sustainable future. Even though that we are just at the beginning of a U-turn in the way we are powering our economies. Things are in flux and companies like Tesla and others are changing the industry. Storage technology will become the norm rather than being a specialty – Thank you and we will work hard to support our children’s future!!

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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