Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Solar FlexRack Completes Shipments to 71 MW Solar Project in North Carolina

Brantley Solar Project in North Carolina is being installed with high-quality Solar FlexRack G3-X racking. The solar plant will generate enough electricity to power over 8,000 homes.


Youngstown, OH, June 12th, 2018 - Solar FlexRack™, a division of Northern States Metals and an innovative leader in photovoltaic mounting and solar tracker solutions, has completed shipments of its G3-X fixed tilt racking system to Brantley solar farm, a large-scale solar project in North Carolina. The 71 MWdc project, which is about 30 miles east of Raleigh, was developed and is currently being built by Cypress Creek Renewables, a leading national solar developer, builder and operator.

Steve Daniel, Executive Vice President of Solar FlexRack said, “We are extremely pleased to have been selected to supply this project. Cypress Creek Renewables has been instrumental in supporting the growth of the solar industry in North Carolina, generating jobs for communities, and providing passive income opportunities for landowners. As long-term solar project owners and operators, they care about the quality of the systems they install which resonates with our values as a quality-driven organization.”

Solar FlexRack’s solar tracking and racking facilities located in Youngstown, Ohio employ hundreds of people. More than 5,200 tons of North American sourced steel went into the racking technology manufactured for Cypress Creek’s Brantley solar farm.

“The Solar FlexRack team brings a deep level of solar expertise, ensuring projects are constructed without issues,” said Matthew McGovern, CEO of Cypress Creek Renewables. “We are pleased to be working with Solar FlexRack to supply our Brantley project with American-made components widely recognized across the industry for their quality.”
Solar FlexRack offers solar tracking and racking solutions for crystalline and thin film modules. The selection and quality of their products provide a wider choice for solar project engineers to design optimal performance in their solar systems. Learn more at http://solarflexrack.com/expanding-solar-tracker-mounting-solutions-to-boost-project-energy-yields/.


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 tracker 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 1.8 GW of solar racking installations in 40 states across America and five countries globally. For more information, go to www.solarflexrack.com and follow us on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

About Cypress Creek Renewables
Cypress Creek Renewables believes solar energy makes the world safer, cleaner and better. Our team solves problems to successfully develop, build and operate solar facilities across the United States. With more than 2.3gigawatts solar energy deployed in more than a dozen states, Cypress Creek Renewables is one of the country’s leading solar companies. To learn more visit ccrenew.com.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Solar FlexRack Expands into Western Canadian Provinces: Plans to Attend Canada’s Largest Solar Conference in Alberta on June 20th – 21st

Youngstown, OH, June 5th, 2018 – Solar FlexRack™, a division of Northern States Metals and an innovative leader in photovoltaic mounting and solar tracker solutions, has expanded its solar tracker, fixed tilt racking and project support services across the western regions of Canada. Recently closed supply contracts include commercial and industrial projects, along with distributed generation in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia.
Solar FlexRack’s solar tracker, racking and services offerings are the superior choice for developers and EPCs looking to reduce their solar project risks and, ultimately, budgets. Solar FlexRack’s teams are experts in Northern climates, terrains, and subsoils. That deep experience of delivering hundreds of megawatts of trouble-free solar installations in snow and ice country has solidified the Solar FlexRack name.
Steve Daniel, Executive Vice President of Solar FlexRack said, “Our team includes geotechnical, structural, civil and mechanical engineers. They have cut their teeth designing solar foundations in climates from Alaska to the Caribbean and have special training in conditions where frost is a critical factor. We use sophisticated testing systems to provide accurate and carefully analyzed data for precise results.”
Schedule a meeting with Solar FlexRack at Solar Canada, June 20th through the 21st at the BMO Centre in Calgary, Alberta. Presented by the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), Solar FlexRack will join an estimated 2,200 attendees at the conference to share important information on their companies and to get the latest updates on the growth of the Canada solar industry.
Solar FlexRack, an industry-leading company delivering an expanded range of high quality solar tracker, racking and project support services, provides a choice in racking and services so companies can optimize energy yields and reduce risks in the solar projects they build. Representatives from Solar FlexRack will be available to share more information on their cold country experience and the successful projects they’ve supported. Please schedule a meeting in advance to talk with the Solar FlexRack team onsite.
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 tracker 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 1.8 GW of solar racking installations in 40 states across America and five countries globally. For more information, go to www.solarflexrack.com and follow us on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Conti Solar Begins Construction of Largest Landfill Solar Project in Ohio


Edison, NJ, May 22, 2018 - Conti Solar, a national solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), O&M and energy storage development company, has begun construction on the largest landfill solar project in Ohio. Located in Cuyahoga County, the 4 MW project is owned and operated by IGS Solar, a commercial and residential solar provider and an affiliate company of IGS Energy, one of the largest independent retail energy suppliers in the country. The solar project was developed by Enerlogics and McDonald Hopkins, and when complete, will provide over 5,000,000 kilowatt hours of clean solar electricity to county-owned facilities annually.

Solar projects built on landfills can be particularly complex, but Conti Solar has successfully installed more than 133 MW of landfill solar projects across the country. Their deep experience and knowledge with the processes and risks of landfill projects, along with their competitive buying power and superior execution capabilities establishes Conti Solar as a national leader in the segment.  

The Cuyahoga solar project is the first of its kind in Ohio. Covering 17 acres of previously unproductive land, Conti Solar will manage the construction of the solar array that will sit atop a closed-and-capped landfill and transform an area of waste into a sustainable solar power generation plant. The project will be a cornerstone of Cuyahoga County’s sustainable practices. Via a power purchase agreement (PPA), Cuyahoga County will acquire 100 percent of the project’s energy through Cleveland Public Power. Benefits of this unique project include significantly reduced energy costs for the county, additional tax revenue, and an estimated 100 local jobs.

“It was essential that we partnered with a firm that has a proven track record in developing solar projects on top of sensitive landfill sites,” said Patrick Smith, vice president of IGS Solar. “It’s a unique niche, but Conti Solar’s vast experience, impeccable standards, and understanding of IGS Solar’s vision for the community has made Conti Solar the ideal partner for this project.”

“IGS Solar is helping Cuyahoga County reduce energy costs for the next 20 years. They have been a reliable energy partner supporting the efficient and cost-effective addition of clean renewable energy for the county’s benefit, both environmentally and financially, said Matthew Skidmore, CEO of Conti Solar. “We hope to continue working with IGS Solar on projects like this in Ohio and other Midwestern states.”

The project will be complete during the summer of 2018. To learn more about Conti Solar’s other completed landfill solar projects, visit www.contisolar.com/projects/type/landfill-arrays.


About Conti Solar
Conti Solar is a national EPC, O&M, and energy storage development company. Our attention to detail, flawless execution and collaborative culture has enabled us to successfully develop and install over 500 MW of solar projects since our early initiatives in 2008. We leverage established partnerships with solar developers, IPPs, utilities, off-takers, suppliers and landowners to streamline project development, design, construction and operations, driving down project costs and creating value across all project stakeholders. A member of The Conti Group, Conti Solar is well positioned with a diversified network of industry experts and the financial wherewithal to be a trusted, long-term partner. Learn more at www.contisolar.com.

About IGS Solar
IGS Solar, a turn-key commercial and residential solar provider with significant solar assets under development, provides businesses, homes, and communities with an opportunity to participate in creating a sustainable energy future with no upfront investment. As an affiliate of IGS Energy, IGS Solar is dedicated to delivering innovative solar energy solutions. For more information, contact Patrick Smith, Vice President, at 614-448-7655 (Patrick.Smith@igs.com) or visit IGSsolarpower.com. Connect with IGS Solar at linkedin.com/company/igs-solar.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Conti Solar is Expanding: Promotes Eric Millard to Chief Commercial Officer


Edison, NJ, May 15, 2018 -Conti Solar, a national solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), O&M and energy storage development company, announced today the promotion of Eric Millard to Chief Commercial Officer. Eric will report directly to Matthew Skidmore, Conti Solar’s CEO, and be responsible for continuing to drive organizational growth by developing and maintaining excellent customer relationships and expanding Conti Solar’s business into new markets and geographies.
 
“Eric‘s advancement within the organization is a testament to his proven track record of developing and executing aggressive growth strategies in very competitive markets,” said Matthew Skidmore, CEO of Conti Solar. “His ability to develop high-performing teams will ensure our vision of building a world-class renewable energy company.”
 
In his 10-year career with Conti, Eric has worked in a variety of different renewable energy and environmental markets and in both technical and commercial roles. Eric started his career in project operations, where he worked on environmental and water management projects for the Army Corps of Engineers. Pursuing his interest in renewable energy, he then transitioned into Conti’s ventures in the wind, solar, and biomass industries, where he worked in a diverse set of engineering, operations, and business development positions. These roles allowed Eric to hone both his technical and commercial competences while learning the detailed workings of the energy business. In 2014, Eric moved to Conti Solar, where he spearheaded the company’s business development efforts, ultimately bringing in $150 million in business within his first two years. He has subsequently continued to strategically build and lead Conti Solar’s business development team, which has yielded sustained double-digit growth for Conti Solar over the past four years. Eric received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University and an MBA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  
 
 
About Conti Solar
Conti Solar is a national EPC, O&M, and energy storage company. Our attention to detail, flawless execution and collaborative culture has enabled us to successfully develop and install over 500 MW of solar projects since our early initiatives in 2008. We leverage established partnerships with solar developers, IPPs, utilities, off-takers, suppliers and landowners to streamline project development, design, construction and operations, driving down project costs and creating value across all project stakeholders. Majority-owned by Ares EIF with a minority position retained by the Conti Group, Conti Solar is well positioned with a diversified network of industry experts and the financial wherewithal to be a trusted, long-term partner. Learn more at www.contisolar.com.


Monday, May 14, 2018

Solar FlexRack to Attend Solar Power Southeast Conference May 15-16 in Atlanta


Solar FlexRack™, a division of Northern States Metals and an innovative leader in photovoltaic mounting and solar tracker solutions, will attend the Solar Power Southeast Conference being held at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia from May 15th to the 16th. The solar industry event is presented by Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Solar Electric Power Alliance (SEPA).

Solar FlexRack will join over 600 attendees at Solar Power Southeast, which is the premier place to connect with other industry leaders. This year’s event will feature three workshops, multiple organized networking events and 15 education sessions. Solar Power Southeast brings together industry leaders and innovators to share ideas and best practices for expanding the Southeast’s solar energy market and to network and do business.

Steve Daniel, Executive Vice President of Solar FlexRack said, “Our expanded line of solar trackers and racking solutions give developers and EPCs the flexibility they need to better meet standards for quality and performance. We’re attending Solar Power Southeast and setting appointments with new and existing customers to bring them up to speed on our latest developments and successes.”

Solar FlexRack is an industry-leading company delivering best-in-class engineered racking and solar tracker solutions that safeguard solar projects. Representatives from Solar FlexRack will be available to discuss their innovative approach and their customers’ successes with individuals interested in learning more. Please schedule a meeting in advance to talk with the Solar FlexRack team onsite.

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 tracker 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 1.8 GW of solar racking installations in 40 states across America and five countries globally. For more information, go to www.solarflexrack.com and follow us on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.