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TDP Single-Axis Solar Trackers Installed in Colorado Community Solar Project

The project is sited on a former landfill provided by Larimer County, adjacent to transmission lines, and has two terraced planes, calling for an upper and lower array. Solar FlexRack’s engineering team was on-site during foundation and tracker construction and responded quickly to resolve issues with the site’s rocky substrate and to streamline tracker installation.

Typically, installers would trench for wiring; however, to reduce time and costs, the project transitioned to suspended cabling. Streamlined project management and tight coordination enabled GRID’s team to install over 6,000 modules in just 2.5 weeks.

GRID Alternatives (GRID), working closely with the Colorado Energy Office and Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association (PVREA), developed a 1.95 MWdc community solar project on the southwest side of Fort Collins, Colorado. The project is the eighth community solar project installed as part of a statewide initiative to demonstrate scalable models for electric cooperatives to broaden the reach of solar energy and reduce energy costs for low-income households.

Coyote Ridge will serve a variety of off-takers, with 1.2 MW of the plant’s capacity dedicated to low-income households, affordable housing providers and nonprofit organizations through PVREA’s community solar subscription program. Individual subscribers expect to save 30% or more on their monthly electricity costs.

Under GRID’s community participation and workforce development model, job trainees, volunteers from the community and employees from the utility came together to work alongside GRID staff in the construction of the PVREA project. Even with this diverse crew, the entire installation took just under 60 days.

Volunteers install modules in Colorado community solar trackers project.

PVREA’s Coyote Ridge Community Solar Project had a hard stop for project completion. To take advantage of specific wholesale rates and reap the financial benefits that made the project viable, the team needed to complete the contract by the end of September. Through effective and flexible management, GRID completed the project as agreed.

Solar FlexRack’s TDP Turnkey Solar Trackers are the most powerful solution for mounting panels and put a team of experts at your service. TDP Turnkey Solar Trackers are the only solar tracker solution with full geotechnical, design, installation and commission services. Solar FlexRack’s unmatched team of experts and their decades of solar experience are at your service.

The milestone community solar farm is paving the way for other affordable and scalable projects of its kind to come to fruition across Colorado and hopefully across the US,” said Chuck Watkins, Executive Director of GRID Alternatives.

Coyote Ridge Community Solar Project

Plant Size: 1.95 MW DC
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
EPC: GRID Alternatives
Designer: James Willett
Installer: GRID Alternatives
Modules: Talesun
6,120 Talesun 320 W STC
Inverters: Yaskawa-Solectria Solar
25 60 kW 950 Vdc
Racking: Solar FlexRack TDP single-axis solar trackers

ABOUT SOLAR FLEXRACK TDP SOLAR TRACKERS

REDUCE RISKS AND COST
The Only Solar Tracker Solution with Full Design, Installation, & Commissioning Services to reduce risks and costs. From preliminary layout and design, through geotechnical engineering, construction and commissioning, and for the life of the system, TDP Turnkey Solar Trackers provide a reliable solution that reduces installation time and cuts operations and maintenance costs.

REDUCED OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE COSTS
TDP Solar Trackers have no mechanical components between rows, allowing easy access for mowers, cleaning services and other project maintenance.

SMART BACKTRACKING MAXIMIZES ENERGY PRODUCTION
TDP Solar Trackers can be programmed based on the terrain, to optimize MWh production. A solar tracker on an east-facing slope gets more early-morning sun, and a solar tracker on west-facing slope gets more in the late afternoon, increasing the plant’s overall energy yield.

ABOUT SOLAR FLEXRACK
Solar FlexRack, a division of Northern States Metals, is an integrated solar company that offers custom-designed, fixed tilt ground mount and single-axis solar tracking systems in the commercial and utility scale, solar mounting industry. Solar FlexRack also offers full turnkey packages, including engineering, geotechnical, pullout testing, field, layout, and installation services to address the actual site conditions of an installation, providing a full scope of services from design to delivery and installation. Solar FlexRack has completed more than 1.8 GW of solar racking installations in 40 states across America and five countries globally. For more information, go to www.solarflexrack.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

ABOUT GRID ALTERNATIVES

GRID Alternatives is a 501(c)(3) certified non-profit organization that brings together community partners, volunteers and job trainees to implement solar power and energy efficiency for low-income families, providing energy cost savings, valuable hands-on experience, and a source of clean, local energy that benefits us all.

Based in Oakland, California, GRID Alternatives also currently has nine regional offices and affiliates serving all of California, Colorado, Washington D.C., Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. Learn more at https://gridalternatives.org.