July 06, 2012
More and more contractors and solar project managers are learning that the most innovative mounting solution for photovoltaic panels — the Solar FlexRack — delivers not only in terms of speed and ease of installation, but also from the standpoint of extreme durability.
Tecta Solar’s 2-megawatt Vernon Avenue project, located in Barre, Massachusetts, uses 497 2x8 Solar FlexRack ground-mount racks. Of these, 277 racks hold Schuco 225W solar modules, while the remaining 220 racks use Suntech 280W modules.
Their experience on the Vernon Avenue project convinced the installer, Quabbin Solar, that the Solar FlexRack was the right choice for future projects, too.
As Dean Iandoli, Managing Partner for Quabbin Solar and Barre Wool Solar, explains: "Our EPC contractor, Tecta Solar, introduced us to Solar FlexRack on our Quabbin Solar-Vernon Avenue project. After seeing the ease in which the crew put it together and the secure slot fitting for our modules, we insisted on Solar FlexRack for our current Barre Wool Solar project, which is a 1.76-megawatt solar farm.
"In fact, the Solar FlexRacks used on the Quabbin Solar project have already been through Hurricane Irene and withstood the high winds with utter ease."
The Solar FlexRack is easy to unload and disperse at the job site. It erects by a three-man crew in five minutes or less — the simplest, fastest and most accurate installation in the industry.
This performance makes significantly accelerated construction times and dramatic savings on labor costs possible for any solar installation — an estimated $500,000+ savings per 10MW project. Thus, when the Solar FlexRack is specified in an RFP, the total bid could be as much as 40 percent lower for construction.
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