Unirac Infrastructure Selected for Superior Efficiency of Cost and Installation as well as Aesthetics and Versatility
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Unirac, Inc., North America's leading provider of infrastructure for solar power systems, has teamed with partner KG Solar and Renewable Energy, a division of KG Companies, on a customized Unirac ISYS Ground Mount (IGM) solution for the First Hope Bank branch office in Blairstown, New Jersey. The 425kW solar installation is projected to offset nearly 100 percent of the bank's energy consumption and reduce its carbon emissions by 8.6 million tons over the next 25 years.
Engineered to accommodate virtually every foundation option, the Unirac ISYS Ground Mount easily adapts to any project site by allowing customers to select the most cost-effective foundation system for their specific project. The Unirac IGM allows pre-assembly of module columns prior or in parallel to the installation of foundations and racking. Additionally, contractors can build the subassembly or grade land while assembling all modules to the Unirac rails in a controlled environment. Both options offer a shorter project turn-around time and reduce field-labor -- and thereby cost.
Constructed on a two-acre site behind the First Hope Bank building, KG Solar's 425kW project showcases the Unirac IGM's versatility. IGM's parallel assembly is a benefit for all installations, but was even more so for this particular site, with the construction process occurring during a harsh winter. A major criterion of the design specifications required a southwest orientation and therefore a lower slope (15 degrees) than is typical of most ground-mounted systems at this latitude. Further, there was the need for a single pole-mounting system.
Kurt Gewecke, managing member of KG Solar and Renewable Energy, expressed high satisfaction with IGM not only from a functional standpoint but also from an aesthetic perspective. "The pole-mounted system allowed us to set up a dual-slope matrix starting at the high side of the property and make the arrays follow a single slope in both the N-S and E-W direction to eliminate the 'saw tooth' effect," he explained. "As a result the project has a handsome, uniform look."
Gewecke also praised the Unirac team's superior efficiency, stating, "This was our first project with Unirac and we were very satisfied with the design and delivery process. The minor design and field changes were handled quickly and professionally. Moreover, in working with Unirac, the KG Solar crew developed a unique system of rigging for ease and speed of installation that could benefit future projects."
"KG Solar's experience proved Unirac's outstanding ability to accommodate design specifications," said Unirac president and CEO Doug May. "Not only is IGM designed to offer incredible value, but its versatility minimizes delays in the assembly process and mitigates the normal challenges of working in inclement weather. In addition, the Unirac team's 'can do' attitude was clearly an asset for this first-time partner."
Unirac's full line of innovative PV mounting solutions, including the ISYS Ground Mount system used in this installation, will be on display in booth 3037 at the Solar Power International (SPI) trade show to be held October 18-20 in the Dallas (TX) Convention Center.
Links to additional information:
- KG Solar and Renewable Energy: www.KGSolarEnergy.com
- KG Companies: www.kgcompanies.com
- ISYS(TM) Ground Mount:
- First Hope Bank: www.firsthopebank.com
- SPI: www.solarpowerinternational.com
Unirac, a Hilti company, is North America's leading provider of infrastructure for solar power systems. Recognized as an industry innovator on both the product and process side, Unirac is one of the fastest growing companies in the solar industry. Unirac has achieved certifications for both ISO 9001:2008 for QMS and ISO 14001:2004 for EMS. Its industrial-grade solar mount solutions meet 'Made in America', 'Buy American', ARRA and Ontario Power Authority FIT and microFIT criteria. For more information about Unirac, please visit www.unirac.com.
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