Monday, February 13, 2017

Solar FlexRack™, a division of Northern States Metals and an innovative leader in photovoltaic mounting and solar tracking solutions, will attend Solar Power Northeast, an event formerly known as PV America at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, in Boston, MA on February 13th and 14th, 2017.

Joining more than 1300 attendees at the Northeast’s largest solar show, Solar FlexRack is currently scheduling appointments with key clients, as well as those interested in learning more about the company’s innovative solar tracker, solar racking solutions and world-class services.

Steve Daniel, EVP of Solar FlexRack said, “We’re excited to be attending Solar Power Northeast to not only meet with clients, but also to celebrate Richard Kauffman, the Chairman of Energy & Finance for New York, who is receiving the Solar Champion Award.”

Richard Kauffman, who leads New York State’s comprehensive energy policy effort, known as Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), will be receiving the Solar Power Champion Award on behalf of the Solar Energy Industries Association and the Smart Electric Power Alliance. Previous winners include Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Massachusetts’s Governor Deval Patrick. Mr. Kauffman will receive the award at Solar Power Northeast, and join the general session.

Also during Solar Power Northeast’s two-day event, attendees can take advantage of 16 education sessions with regional leaders and meet with more than 60 exhibitors, featuring a variety of new products on display, in the sold-out exhibit hall.

About Solar FlexRack
Solar FlexRack, a division of Northern States Metals, is an integrated solar company that offers custom-designed, fixed tilt ground mount and single-axis solar tracking systems in the commercial and utility scale, solar mounting industry. Solar FlexRack also offers full turnkey packages, including engineering, geotechnical, pullout testing, field, layout, and installation services to address the actual site conditions of an installation, providing a full scope of services from design to delivery and installation. Solar FlexRack has completed more than 1.5 GW of solar racking installations in 32 states across America and five countries globally. For more information, go to www.solarflexrack.com.

To schedule a meeting during Solar Power Northeast with Solar FlexRack, visit the Events page of our website.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Solar FlexRack Racking Solution Installed in Michigan’s Largest Solar Electric Power Plant


Youngstown OH, January 31, 2017 ‐‐ Solar FlexRackTM, a division of Northern States Metals and an innovative leader in photovoltaic mounting and tracking solutions, announced today that its G3‐X smart fixed‐tilt racking solution has been installed in the largest solar power generation project in Michigan. Recognized for its adaptability, speed and ease of installation, the Solar FlexRack G3‐X racking system reduces labor time and overall project costs. The 58‐megawatt utility‐ owned power plant consists of two solar systems located near the county seat of Lapeer and has been developed and managed by Inovateus Solar, a leading developer and EPC company. The clean power projects were constructed by J. Ranck Electric, the top solar installer in the state.

“We are pleased to have been selected for this milestone clean energy project in Michigan,” said Steve Daniel, EVP of Solar FlexRack. “The Inovateus Solar team is passionate about their work and brings their extensive experience to bear, delivering quality and reliability in the projects they develop.”
"We wanted a workhorse racking solution that met our quality standards and held up to the rigors of a large‐scale installation such as this,” commented TJ Kanczuzewski, president of Inovateus. “Solar FlexRack’s solution has exceeded our requirements.”

The installation of a utility‐scale solar system of this size is a landmark in the state. With 5 MW of solar capacity installed in 2015, Michigan ranked 33rd in the country in installed solar capacity according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. National Solar Jobs Census 2015 found that the US solar industry continues to exceed growth
expectations, adding solar workers at a rate of nearly 12 times faster than the overall economy.



About Solar FlexRack
Solar FlexRack, a division of Northern States Metals, is an integrated solar company that offers custom‐designed, fixed tilt ground mount and single‐axis tracking systems in the commercial and utility‐scale solar mounting industry. Solar FlexRack also offers full turnkey packages, including engineering, geotechnical, pullout testing, field, layout, and installation services to address the actual site conditions of an installation, providing a full scope of services from design to delivery and installation. Solar FlexRack has completed more than 1.5 GW of solar racking installations in 32 states across America and five countries globally. For more information, go to www.solarflexrack.com.

About Inovateus Solar
Inovateus Solar is one of the leading solar development; engineering, procurement and construction (EPC); and supply companies in the United States. Headquartered in South Bend, Indiana, the company has developed and built more than 250 megawatts of utility, commercial and industrial, and microgrid solar systems in the U.S., the Caribbean, and Latin America. With strong roots in the communities it serves, Inovateus is passionately committed to Building A Brilliant TomorrowTM through the wide‐scale deployment of advanced solar and clean energy technologies. Find out more at www.inovateus.com.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Solar FlexRack Names John Dunham Sales Executive

Youngstown OH, January 27th, 2017 – Solar FlexRack™, a division of Northern States Metals and an innovative leader in photovoltaic mounting and tracking solutions, announced the hiring of John Dunham as Senior Sales Executive for the Pacific region.
As the key point of contact between Solar FlexRack and its customers, Dunham will continue to build Solar FlexRack’s business through existing customers and identifying potential new opportunities. As part of Solar FlexRack’s world-class service offering, Dunham brings his industry knowledge and experience along with commitment to ongoing customer satisfaction, a hallmark of the Solar FlexRack team.
Steve Daniel, EVP of Solar FlexRack said, “John is an experienced, results-oriented sales professional with a decade of experience in the renewable energy generation industry. We are excited to have John onboard to expand our foothold in both the solar tracker and solar racking space on the West coast.”
Previously, Dunham has been employed by numerous other alternative energy companies to lead their commercial and regional sales territories to not only implement sales, marketing and business initiatives, but also support corporate objectives through effective communications.
About Solar FlexRack
Solar FlexRack, a division of Northern States Metals, is an integrated solar company that offers custom-designed, fixed tilt ground mount and single-axis solar tracking systems in the commercial and utility scale, solar mounting industry. Solar FlexRack also offers full turnkey packages, including engineering, geotechnical, pullout testing, field, layout, and installation services to address the actual site conditions of an installation, providing a full scope of services from design to delivery and installation. Solar FlexRack has completed more than 1.5 GW of solar racking installations in 32 states across America and five countries globally. For more information, go to www.solarflexrack.com and follow us on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.
Solar FlexRack media inquiries, please contact:
Staci Lombardo
Marketing Manager
330.799.1855
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Solar FlexRack Names Staci Lombardo as Marketing Manager

Youngstown OH, January 26th, 2017 – Solar FlexRack™, a division of Northern States Metals and an innovative leader in photovoltaic mounting and tracking solutions, announced the hiring of Staci Lombardo as Marketing Manager in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Lombardo will be working in conjunction with sales to develop and implement an overall corporate marketing strategy, and translate the company’s business objectives into marketing strategies that drive revenue. In addition, she will determine and administer the marketing budget, identify and track key metrics, and establish positioning for Solar FlexRack’s innovative TDP™ solar tracker, racking products and bring to the forefront the company’s world class project services.
Steve Daniel, EVP of Solar FlexRack said, “Staci brings a rare combination of technical marketing abilities, customer focus and effective communication. Her skill set spans all aspects of marketing, and we’re really excited that she has joined our team.”
Previously, Lombardo, a Youngstown State University BSBA and MBA Alumni, worked in various marketing positions for software and technology applications companies. Lombardo will be based at the Solar FlexRack headquarters in Youngstown, Ohio.
About Solar FlexRack
Solar FlexRack, a division of Northern States Metals, is an integrated solar company that offers custom-designed, fixed tilt ground mount and single-axis solar tracking systems in the commercial and utility scale, solar mounting industry. Solar FlexRack also offers full turnkey packages, including engineering, geotechnical, pullout testing, field, layout, and installation services to address the actual site conditions of an installation, providing a full scope of services from design to delivery and installation. Solar FlexRack has completed more than 1.5 GW of solar racking installations in 32 states across America and five countries globally. For more information, go to www.solarflexrack.com and follow us on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.
Solar FlexRack media inquiries, please contact:
Staci Lombardo
Marketing Manager
330.799.1855

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Solar FlexRack Completes Independent Technical Assessment of TDP Turnkey Tracker to Underpin Its Bankability

Youngstown OH, Nov. 15th, 2016 – Solar FlexRack™, a division of Northern States Metals and an innovative leader in photovoltaic mounting and tracking solutions, announced today that Black & Veatch has performed a bankability study of its TDPTM Turnkey Tracker. The technical report covers the tracker’s design, reliability, durability, installation, operations and maintenance.
According to GTM Research, over 70% of the US ground-mount systems are now being installed with solar trackers. Tracker installation growth in 2017 is expected to be 19%. *
Jeff Gwinnell, President and C.E.O. of Solar FlexRack said, “We’re pleased to complete this bankability report and to further customers’ confidence in the powerful TDP Turnkey Tracker solution that reduces project installation risks and costs.”
Solar FlexRack’s TDP Tracker design leaves rows easily accessible for operation and maintenance. Its smart backtracking maximizes energy production. Bundling the high-tech tracker with best-in-class project services provides next-level services and support to commercial and utility-scale solar project developers, EPCs and installers. From preliminary layout and design, through geotechnical engineering, construction and commissioning, Solar FlexRack’s turnkey tracker solution delivers an optimized, robust tracker, along with a team of experts with decades of solar experience to ensure your project’s success. To learn more about the TDP Tracker Solution, please visit http://solarflexrack.com/products/tracker/.
About Solar FlexRack
Solar FlexRack, a division of Northern States Metals, is an integrated solar company that offers custom-designed, fixed tilt ground mount and single-axis tracking systems in the commercial and utility scale, solar mounting industry. Solar FlexRack also offers full turnkey packages, including engineering, geotechnical, pullout testing, field, layout, and installation services to address the actual site conditions of an installation, providing a full scope of services from design to delivery and installation. Solar FlexRack has completed almost 1.5 GW of solar racking installations in 32 states across America and five countries globally. For more information, visit www.solarflexrack.com.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Solar FlexRack’s Director is Presenting at the Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association (MnSEIA) Midwest Gateway to Solar Conference


Youngstown OH, Nov. 10th, 2016 - Solar FlexRack™, a division of Northern States Metals and an innovative leader in photovoltaic mounting and tracking solutions, announced today that Sasha Honsl, Solar FlexRack’s Director of Business Development, will present Tuesday, November 15th on the racking panel session at MnSEIA Midwest Gateway to Solar Conference.

Solar FlexRack is a Sponsor of the third annual Conference to be held in Minneapolis on November 15th & 16th, 2016. Key topics for sessions highlight Minnesota’s solar growth and will include Distributed Solar, Finance & Tax and State Solar Policy. Sessions will also address the industry’s future challenges and discussions on how to make solar more successful in the years to come. This two-day working conference will bring together solar industry practitioners from all over the country.

“We appreciate the work that MnSEIA has done in bringing together industry leaders to further the efforts of clean renewable solar energy in the Midwest. Solar FlexRack is a company dedicated to their customers and delivering quality solar trackers, racking and expert project services for the installation of commercial, community, and utility-scale solar projects,” said Honsl.

Other solar racking panel guests include: Milton Nogueria of Roof-tech, Julianne Bernstein of Brilliant Rack, Amanda Bostelman of AP Alternatives, Dylan Pugh of Patriot Solar, and Kristi Thiry of Preformed Lined Products.

To schedule a meeting with Sasha Honsl during MnSEIA, visit Solar FlexRack’s Events page and fill out the “Schedule a Meeting” form or contact him direct at 613-227-2673.

About Solar FlexRack

Solar FlexRack, a division of Northern States Metals, is an integrated solar company that offers custom-designed, fixed tilt ground mount and single-axis tracking systems in the commercial and utility scale, solar mounting industry. Solar FlexRack also offers full turnkey packages, including engineering, geotechnical, pullout testing, field, layout, and installation services to address the actual site conditions of an installation, providing a full scope of services from design to delivery and installation. Solar FlexRack has completed almost 1.5 GW of solar racking installations in 32 states across America and five countries globally. For more information, visit www.solarflexrack.com.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Solar FlexRack Racking Solution is Installed in Iowa’s Largest Utility-Scale Solar Electric Project

Youngstown OH, Oct. 11th, 2016 - Solar FlexRack™, a division of Northern States Metals and an innovative leader in photovoltaic mounting and tracking solutions, announced today the largest utility-scale solar power generation project in Iowa, a 2.3MW plant (the largest of the series which will include 5 systems and total 5.5MW) is installed with the smartest solar racking solution available, the best-in-class G3 Fixed Tilt system. One of the most cost-effective racking solutions, Solar FlexRack’s G3 Series was independently verified for its ease and speed of installation. Developed and installed by Azimuth Energy, the installations under construction are primarily located in the central and eastern regions of the Hawkeye State. Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO), Iowa’s largest cooperative energy provider, will commission the carbon-free, solar plants and the clean energy will be delivered to their membership. CIPCO is part of a powerful movement among electric cooperatives to procure sustainable solar power as a part of their energy offering. (Cooperativesacross the US have over 500 MW of solar power installed or in the works.*)

Steve Daniel, EVP of Solar FlexRack said, “We are pleased to have been selected for these projects by an engineering, construction and development support services company as dedicated to quality work and customer service as Azimuth Energy. The rigors of their quality assurance program distinguishes their work and helps to ensure long-term project reliability.”

"We work closely with our clients and want to ensure we find the best solutions for their needs. Solar FlexRack met our demanding requirements, providing the most versatile solution with the ability to accommodate varying terrains and duplicate design configurations - reducing engineering time and installation cost,” said Marc Lopata, President, Azimuth Energy.

When completed, the 5 solar electric plants will reduce over 5 million tons of carbon emissions annually.

 *According to National Rural Electric Cooperative
  

About Solar FlexRack
Solar FlexRack, a division of Northern States Metals, is an integrated solar company that offers custom-designed, fixed tilt ground mount and single-axis tracking systems in the commercial and utility scale, solar mounting industry. Solar FlexRack also offers full turnkey packages, including engineering, geotechnical, pullout testing, field, layout, and installation services to address the actual site conditions of an installation, providing a full scope of services from design to delivery and installation. Solar FlexRack has completed more than 1 GW of solar racking installations in 32 states across America and five countries globally. For more information, visit www.solarflexrack.com.

Azimuth Energy

Azimuth Energy is an engineering, construction, and development (EPC) support services company focused on the implementation of renewable energy and associated energy efficiency strategies. They are experts at innovative and creative solutions for solar energy, advanced technology microgrids, and energy efficiency integration. Building    clean energy strategies into business models is what they do. To find out more, visit http://azimuth.energy/.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Valuable Lessons in Co-existence Between Nature and Solar

The solar project that almost didn’t happen is now powering approximately 3,500 homes. AltEnergyMag.com has featured Solar FlexRack and the Pahrump, Nevada 17.5MW solar electric power plant on their website detailing how this 80-acre site is living in harmony with nature. 
In the article, Protecting an Endangered Species and a Solar Energy Project, details the challenges the team faced to protect an endangered species, Gopherus agassizii, or the Desert Tortoise on the site. Some valuable lessons in co-existence can be gained.
A number of unique adaptations were incorporated into the solar project plan. For example, it was important to keep the ground surface intact and not destroy the indigenous vegetation due to the presence of the Desert Tortoise. Typically, the ground surface of a solar site would be graded and leveled. In this case, the project plan called for an adjustable solar racking solution that could be installed on uneven, sloped terrain. Solar FlexRack’s G3-X fixed tilt racking system is an intelligent design which allowed horizontal rails to be set in place with no hardware during initial placement. The rack can easily be adjusted in the field to accommodate increased ground clearance and slope, a smart and cost-effective solution backed by one oft he best services and support teams in the industry. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Two Solar FlexRack Projects Receive Project of the Year Nominations in Solar Builder Magazine

Youngstown OH, September 27th, 2016– Solar FlexRack™, a division of Northern States Metals and an innovative leader in photovoltaic mounting solutions, is pleased to announce that two solar power generation projects installed with Solar FlexRack’s industry-leading mounting solutions, the Pahrump Solar Project and the North Putnam High School and Middle School, have been nominated by Solar Builder magazine for their 2016 Projects of the Year Award.

The Pahrump Solar Project
Ground-Mount (utility and municipalities)
The Pahrump Solar Project demonstrates how an electric cooperative can take a progressive step toward providing sustainable energy. It’s also a lesson in how a solar installation company can work together with local authorities to solve challenging issues and find balance in the quest to both generate sustainable energy and protect an endangered species.

North Putnam High School & Middle School
C&I
This six-acre solar panel farm  (including an energy storage system) gave North Putnam control of their electricity cost for the next 25 years. It also utilized a capital lease agreement through a non-debt service finance program with a community bank that required no upfront capital. The project did not raise any local tax levy and had a positive cash flow in Year 1 after the annual lease payment. School students have a hands-on lesson in energy efficiency with real-time monitoring kiosks located throughout the school.

“It’s an honor to have not one, but two projects on the Solar Builder 2016 Projects of the Year list of nominees,” said Steve Daniel, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Solar FlexRack.  “I encourage everyone to vote before the September 30th deadline.”

In the fourth annual Solar Builder Project of the Year Awards, the voting has been divided up into three categories: roof-mounted, C&I ground-mounted and utility-scale ground-mounted. One of the winners will be featured on the cover of the Nov/Dec issue of Solar Builder magazine.

To vote:
1) Click the links below for the nominees;
2) Read about each nominee; and
3) Cast your deciding votes on this page in the form directly below:
The polls close on Friday, September 30th, 2016.

About Solar FlexRack

Solar FlexRack, a division of Northern States Metals, is an integrated solar company that offers custom-designed, fixed tilt ground mount and single-axis tracking systems in the commercial and utility scale, solar mounting industry. Solar FlexRack also offers full turnkey packages, including engineering, geotechnical, pullout testing, field, layout, and installation services to address the actual site conditions of an installation, providing a full scope of services from design to delivery and installation. Solar FlexRack has completed more than 1 GW of solar racking installations in 32 states across America and five countries globally. For more information, visit www.solarflexrack.com