Read our first blog in our Solar Solutions series! We discuss high topography in solar fields and how APA overcomes this obstacle without grading requirements.
All too often a beautiful piece of
land is slated for a solar array, but after the topography study, civil
engineering experts may require a significant amount of grading. Grading can include both cutting or removing
the quantities of soil and fill or building up the soil. Many times the high cost of grading can
exceed the project budget causing the project to be abandoned.
One unique difference in APA Solar
Racking is that our racking systems are designed in a continuous row, allowing
us to flow with the topography. As AP Alternatives CEO Josh Von Deylen says
the APA racking gives a “Solar Wave”.
In solar racking the typical
topography tolerances are 9-12% with a traditional table design. Josh Von
Deylen said “We design versatility in brackets and rails to accommodate high
topography and allow the system to roll with the grade”. When comparing costs,
it is much more cost effective to roll with the grade compared to bringing in
civil work to flatten the land. This makes the solar field look more aesthetically
pleasing because the land matches the hilly surroundings.
The Ready Rack and Advanced Modular
racking solutions can easily work with 15% slopes and within house engineering
have done up to 30% slopes. The versatility of the products at APA is shown in
the attached pictures. Money and time are saved on multiple products as well as
not grading the land and natural environment. A product that is unique will
always stand apart.
Solar Racking is a turnkey manufacturer and installer of fixed tilt ground
mount solar racking. Our racking is
unique with dual post shallow micro helical anchors making it ideal for poor
soil conditions. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.