Sun Valley, California [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] The first cable-suspended free span solar photovoltaic system has been completed by P4P Energy, the company says.
Expected to generate more than 40 MWh per year, the system is suspended over the REM Eyewear headquarters car park. The patented, cable-supported system is designed to utilize otherwise untapped air-space such as over aqueducts, irregular terrain, agricultural and brown fields, parking lots, and pedestrian malls and walk ways.
The TenSol-brand suspension system differs from conventional solar installations by eliminating the need for excessive use of columns and foundations that traditionally support photovoltaic panel arrays. Instead, hundreds of panels can lie atop low-cost cables that span as much as 200 feet (66 metres) across.
Steven Conger, P4P Energy’s founder and chief executive officer commented: “Our streamlined systems can be built over parking lots and agricultural fields provide shade and shelter, while converting the airspace into an energy company. Over aqueducts, the system has the extra benefit of significantly reducing evaporation.”