AP Alternatives is proud to be a part of Puerto Rico’s energy future and recently finished a 3.7 MW project in Ceiba, Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Rosendin Electric, a top-ranked solar contractor and long-term partner with APA, was the EPC on the project. The country is still recovering from last year’s devastating hurricane season and solar is a big part of the country’s future.
Materials were shipped in late September and early October, the same timing as the peak of the hurricane hit the country. “With winds up to 175mph and the electric grid destroyed, we were in the dark about the status of our materials for a short time,” said Greg Cramer, APA Director of Construction. Luckily, we learned the materials arrived safely and were undamaged by the storm.
"Puerto Rico was our first job outside the continental United States. We went with high expectations and things worked through very well. We sent an ace crew and they performed excellently. Even with the language barrier we worked through all the issues and came out of Puerto Rico successfully," said Cramer.
APA was hired to supply the racking, install the anchors and teach the locals how to install the rest of the of the system. The install was primarily done in March of 2018 due to the site conditions.
Puerto Rico is an island made up of a lot of rock, high water tables and subject to very high wind speeds. Our Ready Rack system is engineered for these types of conditions with our proprietary helical anchors. APA was the best solution because of our unique product. Even with the high rock content, we pre-drilled a good portion of the site to successfully complete the project. APA sent down 2 single post drivers and 4 people to manage the project. Cramer happily reported, “We were able to come up with solutions and make the project successful.”
Check out some of the pictures from the solar project.
June 20, 2018