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Edisun Microgrids creates "the world’s largest rooftop tracker installation"
Written By: Jen Neville
January 19, 2018
Edisun Microgrids and West Hills Construction announced a strategic partnership to develop up to 20 MW of commercial and industrial rooftop solar projects utilizing Edisun’s rooftop tracking technology called the PV Booster.
According to Edisun, the first project developed under this partnership is a 1.0 MW solar array installed on 368,000 square feet of a 528,000 square foot cold storage industrial building in Oxnard, Calif. The project would utilize more than 2,900 trackers, which the company claims would making it “the world’s largest rooftop tracker installation.” The 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 percent and enhances project economics by 20 percent when compared to conventional fixed-tilt installations.
“The West Hills team is dedicated to finding and implementing technologies that meet our impeccable standards for craftsmanship while improving our customers’ bottom lines,” said Rusty Wood, vice president, West Hills Construction, Inc. “Over the last decade we have explored numerous solutions that promise to optimize rooftop solar at the commercial and industrial scale. PV Booster is the only technology actually able to accomplish this objective, and we’re excited to share it with our customers.”
According to Edisun, the PV Booster is the “first and only rooftop solar tracker to meet the needs of C&I building owners and solar developers.” Edisun claims that its breakthrough innovation is that it solves many challenges that historically prevented trackers from being deployed on C&I rooftops, including, most importantly, the wind. Through its low profile, high strength design, the PV booster renders the wind a non-issue.
“Partnering with a visionary company such as West Hills, which has built more than 10 million square feet of real estate and is an expert in construction and solar installation, is the first of many exciting growth milestones for Edisun,” said Bill Gross, chief executive officer, Edisun Microgrids, Inc. and founder, Idealab.