Solar Canopy Soars Above Trucks
Conergy’s Solar Large Projects Group recently completed a fixed-tilt 510-kilowatt installation, providing power for a cold-storage facility at Kirschenman Enterprises, a large produce grower in Bakersfield, Calif.
Using Conergy’s PH 235P modules with three SunTop (roof-mount) and two SolarLinea II (ground-mount) racking systems, the complex is expected to produce 768,182 kilowatt-hours annually.
The design challenge was truck access. The company needed to get its refrigerated semi-trailers to the loading dock, unobstructed by ground-mount pillars. Conergy Project Development Manager David Vincent used a concept the company calls the Elevated Agriculture Solar Structure — essentially an elevated canopy with an operating clearance of 20 feet. California’s highway code calls for a maximum truck height of 14 feet, so there’s even room to work on top of the trailers while parked at the loading dock.
“The Elevated Ag Solar Structure design really works well for agricultural facilities that might not otherwise have the room for solar,” said Vincent.
— SETH MASIA
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