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Pahrump Installation Selected As Solar Builder Editors Choice Project Of The Year

Pahrump Installation Selected as Solar Builder Editors Choice Project of the Year

Youngstown, OH, Nov. 8th, 2016 – Solar FlexRack™, a division of Northern States Metals and an innovative leader in photovoltaic mounting and tracking solutions, announced today its racking system utilized on the Pahrump Solar Installation in Nevada has been selected as Editors Choice by Solar Builder Magazine for their Project of the Year.

Featured in the Nov/Dec 2016 edition on page 35 of Solar Builder magazine, this project required collaboration by Valley Electric Association, Bombard Renewable Energy and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the Mojave Desert tortoises discovered at the project site. Key to this was the project’s racking system from Solar FlexRack. Because of the versatility of the racking system, all the special onsite requirements to protect the tortoises’ habitat were able to be met. The project is a milestone example of balancing the construction of a renewable energy project and protecting the indigenous wildlife, particularly in this case the desert tortoise. It demonstrates how development, construction and wildlife conservation can work together to achieve mutual environmental goals.
Editors Choice Project of the Year

Location: Pahrump, Nevada
Size: 17.5MW
Completed: July 2016
Developer: Valley Electric Association
Contractor: Bombard Renewable Energy
Modules: SolarWorld
Inverters: Yaskawa-Solectria Solar
Mounting: Solar FlexRack

Solar FlexRack’s G3-X fixed tilt racking system is an intelligent design which allowed horizontal rails to be set in place with no hardware during initial placement. The rack can easily be adjusted in the field to accommodate increased ground clearance and slope, a smart and cost-effective solution backed by one oft he best services and support teams in the industry.

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 GW of solar racking installations in 32 states across America and five countries globally. For more information, visit

Solar FlexRack media inquiries, please contact:
Staci Lombardo
Marketing Manager

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