News : Sunstall Inc Recognized as a Top Solar Contractor in California & Nationwide

Sunstall Inc Recognized as a Top Solar Contractor in California & Nationwide


The Solar Power World Top Solar Contractors list includes Novato-based solar firm

[Novato ,CA]—Coming off the biggest year ever for U.S. solar installations, local installer Sunstall is proud to be named one of the top solar contractors in the United States by Solar Power World magazine. Sunstall achieved a rank of 62 out of 500 solar companies. As a solar construction company servicing the commercial market Sunstall ranks #4


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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

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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#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!!

Foundations for Ground Mounted Solar Installations

Ground-mounted systems are probably the simplest way to install solar on a larger scale compared to other types of installations such as roofs or parking structures. These systems can be held down by a variety of foundations, including concrete footings, pile driven posts, piers, metal earth screws or with ballasted holding trays.

One size fits all ?

Foundation systems need to correspond to the existing site considerations and soil  static conditions according to engineering calculations and  building codes. The one size fits all approach will not lead to the most cost and resource efficient results. Here are some key factors that will help to determine the foundation type:

  • Tilt angle and tracking characteristics of the solar power system.
  • Local design wind speeds and snow loads (If applicable) where the solar power system is to be installed.
  • Support and racking configuration.
  • Overall solar module system size and weight.
  • Local design codes and project requirements.
  • Soil characteristics relative to friction, sliding, consolidation, slope stability, salinity, etc.
  • Brownfield or landfill

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