Sunstall Recognized for Providing Jobs and Clean Energy in California and in other states

The Solar Power World Top 500 Solar Contractors List includes Novato-based solar firm, which employs 28  professionals

Novato, CA—Solar power is a booming business worldwide, but local installer Sunstall Inc. is among the companies recently named to an annual and well-recognized list of North America’s top solar contractors. Sunstall Inc. achieved a rank of 38 out of 500 solar companies.

The Top 500 Solar Contractors List is developed by Solar Power World magazine to recognize the work completed by solar contractors across the U.S. and Canada. The companies on the list are growing the economy, providing jobs and offering electricity consumers a choice about how they get their power. The list was released July 26. Read more

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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

Intern News 5 – Advise for Interns in CA

5 things you should prep when coming to the bay area?

– bring a good mood 

– do not forget a wind jacket in San Francisco, weather changes sometimes really fast in SF

– prepare your visa without it will be hard to enjoy all the good things here

– get mentally prepared for the Californian lifestyle

– do not plan everything, sometimes just go with the flow

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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