Edisun Microgrids, Inc. (Edisun), a solar technology company created at leading technology incubator Idealab, and West Hills Construction, Inc., a fourth-generation family owned design/build general construction firm, today announced a strategic partnership to develop up to 20MW of commercial and industrial rooftop solar projects utilizing Edisun’s rooftop tracking technology, PV Booster.
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The first project developed under this partnership is a 1.0MW solar array installed on 368,000 square feet of a 528,000 square foot cold storage industrial building in Oxnard, Calif. The project utilizes more than 2,900 trackers, making it the world’s largest rooftop tracker installation. This installation is financed and owned by Harry Ross Industries (HRI), the owner of the building. The solar power generated by the PV Booster installation will benefit HRI’s tenant, Chiquita Brands International (Chiquita).
Solar provides significant economic benefit to commercial and industrial (C&I) building owners by leveraging a property’s roof to increase net operating income, while, in many states like California, also avoiding an incremental increase in property tax. PV Booster is the only dual-axis rooftop solar tracker specifically designed to meet the needs of C&I building owners and solar developers. By tracking the sun throughout the day, PV Booster increases energy production by 30% and enhances project economics by 20% when compared to conventional fixed-tilt installations. In addition, PV Booster’s safe, reliable operation over the lifetime of the system, significantly accelerates return on investment.
PV Booster is the first and only rooftop solar tracker to meet the needs of C&I building owners and solar developers. Its breakthrough innovation is that it solves many challenges that historically prevented trackers from being deployed on C&l rooftops, including, most importantly, the wind. Through its unique, low profile, high strength design, PV Booster renders the wind a non-issue. The product features flexible layout design options, minimal weight per square foot, and fast and easy installation and Operations & Maintenance, while also meeting strict safety standards.
Project commissioning is expected in Fall 2017.