Through thoughtful civil and structural design, our team collaborated with the client to evaluate numerous technology assessment iterations and develop an approach to cost-effectively mitigate these challenges, while meeting capacity requirements and budget parameters.
Due to the location of a portion of the site in a flood plain, the bottom of the module was required to be six feet above grade in certain areas. This added height also had to be considered in the modified design to withstand the added wind loading of hurricane-force wind speeds. In order to meet the minimum energy capacity and stay within budget, we designed a single-axis tracking system.
The design featured more than 202,000 thin-film PV panels installed in 1,772 rows supported by 14,000 direct-driven steel piles. The panels were outfitted with sensors and drive motors to enable them to track the movement of the sun, resulting in a more than 20 percent energy gain over fixed solar installations. The solar energy is then distributed to a solar plant through nine inverters for conversion from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) power.