Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Solar FlexRack Installed in the 2018 Silver Project of the Year Winner: Annapolis Solar Park

Youngstown, OH, Nov. 6, 2018 – Solar FlexRack™, a division of Northern States Metals and an innovative leader in photovoltaic mounting and solar tracker solutions, announced today the Annapolis Solar Project, installed with its ballasted mounting technology, has won 2018 Silver Project of the Year. Awarded by Solar Builder Magazine, the project winner is the largest landfill solar project in North America. It is located in Maryland and is owned by Building Energy.

The 18 MW (DC) solar project represents one of the most difficult solar projects to install, not only because it is a landfill project, but also from the perspective of its sheer size. Constructed on a sensitive environmental cap, the landfill site requires special expertise and deep solar technical knowledge to complete the complicated work. BQ Energy selected both EDF Renewables for the EPC work and Solar FlexRack for the ballasted foundation and fixed tilt racking. Both companies have exceptional track records in services.

“Solar FlexRack’s ballasted mounting is an ideal fit for landfill solar projects and the added support of their project services team delivers peace of mind for both the project owner and developer,” said Jaime Resor, CEO, EDF Renewables Distributed Solutions.

“We are proud to be a part of this landmark project. Both BQ Energy and EDF Renewables Distributed Solutions demonstrated meticulous care in the development and construction of the landfill solar project,” said Steve Daniel, EVP, Solar FlexRack.

Recon Corporation executed the installation and worked closely with teams onsite to stay on schedule. “Recon has installed many ballasted systems with Solar FlexRack and is honored to be a part of this monumental project. Recon overcame many challenges with the site’s terrain and the weather. The Solar FlexRack ballasted solution has one of the greatest tolerances in the industry and was able to overcome the terrain challenges,” said Scott Walker, President, Recon Corporation.

Solar FlexRack’s B3P-X ballasted foundation was selected for its unique technology that reduces foundation weight, product components and offers flexibility in array design and profile. The B3P-X is rapidly becoming the most sought after mounting solution for landfill solar projects. To learn more about this award-winning project, watch the Annapolis video at http://solarflexrack.com/videos/.

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.

Conti Solar Provides Turnkey EPC Services for 2018 Solar Project of the Year Winner, Cuyahoga County Landfill Solar Plant

Solar Builder Magazine Awards Largest Landfill Solar Project in Ohio - Project of the Year

Edison, NJ, Nov. 6, 2018 - Conti Solar, a national solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), O&M and energy storage company, announced today that it provided full EPC services for the 4.0 MW (DC) landfill solar project located in Cuyahoga County, Ohio recently named 2018 Gold Project of the Year by Solar Builder Magazine. The project is also the largest landfill solar project in Ohio. In addition to landfill, Conti Solar’s industry expertise spans across the market segments of large-scale solar projects.

Conti Solar worked with IGS Solar, the project developer and completed the project in July of this year. While landfill projects introduce more complexities in the design and construction of the solar system, they also bring great rewards. Building solar on landfills converts the unproductive area to a carbon-free solar power generation plant. Cuyahoga County gained jobs; lower-cost energy; retail, lease and tax revenues; and a healthier environment for the community.

“Conti Solar is pleased the Cuyahoga County Landfill Solar Project has been honored with this award. This project signifies the will of the county to work through challenges and add low-cost, renewable energy to their portfolio. Congratulations on this major accomplishment. We hope more will follow,” said Eric Millard, Chief Commercial Officer of Conti Solar.
“With a reputation of extensive experience and reliable execution, Conti Solar delivered on this project working with impeccable execution,” commented Mike Foley, Director of Sustainability, Cuyahoga County.

The Cuyahoga Landfill Solar Project is installed with 35,520 solar modules, 1,976 posts, 988 ballast blocks, 26 rows of racks and two central inverters. The project took four months to complete and the power generation is contracted with the county via a 10-year power purchase agreement with an option for another 10 years and the opportunity to purchase the system after six years. Watch the Conti Solar Cuyahoga Project Video at https://youtu.be/CLA2x_jtHkk.

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 2004. 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 resources to be a trusted, long-term partner. Learn more at www.contisolar.com.