Alpha Energy completes 1MW elevated PV grid-tied installation

Alpha Energy recently completed the construction and commissioning of a 1MW elevated solar PV grid-tied structure for the Manheim, NJ National Auto Dealers Exchange (NADE) auction facility in Bordentown, NJ.

January 13, 2010–Alpha Energy recently completed the construction and commissioning of a 1MW elevated solar PV grid-tied structure for the Manheim, NJ National Auto Dealers Exchange (NADE) auction facility in Bordentown, NJ.

“This new solar power installation is a great example of effectively provisioning a major PV installation at an existing commercial site,” says Drew Zogby, president and COO of Alpha Technologies. “The system is installed on the largest continuous elevated solar racking structure in the United States. It is equivalent in size to three football fields elevated 23 feet into the air, and provides protection from the elements for Manheim NJ Auto Auction to prep and stage vehicles for sale.”

This 1MW single continuous array of solar modules includes more than 5,000 photovoltaic panels spanning a total area of 104,000 square feet. The panels are tied in to one single meter via 11 separate inverters; this ensures that if a single array needs troubleshooting, 90 percent of the system will be producing electricity.

Construction and installation required 550,000 pounds of steel, 240 cubic yards of concrete, and 54,000 feet of wiring. The system will generate more than one million kilowatt hours per year, which is roughly the amount required to power 114 homes. The resulting CO2 offset of 1.9 million lbs is equivalent to preventing the annual emissions from 158 cars.

Alpha Energy, is a full-service engineering and project development company for turnkey renewable energy technologies and photovoltaic systems for commercial, institutional, and remote (off-grid) applications. Alpha Energy is a division of Alpha Technologies, a Total Power Solutions provider for more than 30 years. Alpha Energy office locations include Bellingham, WA and Phoenix, AZ. Alpha Energy is a member of The Alpha Group.

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