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SFR Tracker Conquers Challenging Terrain at California Cheese Factory

Proving again that the SFR Tracker can be installed on virtually any landscape, Solar FlexRack is proud to announce their involvement with a recently completed PV solar installation at Sierra Nevada Cheese Company in Willows, CA.

“This was a highly challenging location for a solar installation. The site was triangular-shaped and included several different levels of terrain,” noted Granite Bay Energy President, Holli Tamas. “The Solar FlexRack Tracker system has a modular design that simplifies dealing with terrain obstacles and uneven topography. This flexibility meant that we could install a single-axis tracking system to optimize energy production.”

Our installation, with the PV modules, include 774 NESL 290 watt solar panels, aiming to produce 468,994 kWh of power on an annual basis, compensating  for as much as 50% of the Sierra Nevada Cheese Company’s energy consumption. The system spares the production of 38,384 tons of CO2, the equivalent of reducing the pollution of 95,960,000 driven miles.

“Field layout flexibility is an integral design feature of the Solar FlexRack Tracker system,” says Tom Meola, CEO for Solar Flex Rack. “With a decentralized drive system each table, or section of modules, has its own controller and actuator. This means that flat terrain without any obstacles is no longer a prerequisite for large scale tracker systems. This opens the door for many developers to install solar systems which maximize output on land once considered unusable.”

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