Mississippi was recently ranked on the Optimal Deployment of Solar Index (ODSI) as one of the top 10 states in the US most ideally suited for the deployment of solar due to high energy costs and job creation potential. The state is living up to their reputation with a recent 105-kW system at the University of Mississippi’s Center for Manufacturing Excellence—the largest rooftop solar energy system in the state.
Louisiana-owned Joule Energy installed the system using Suniva ART245 and Sun Power E 19 panels. With on-site and online energy monitoring capabilities, the system will serve as a hands-on teaching tool for studying solar within the university’s curriculum.
Such a premier system called for innovative mounting. The project used 431 of Renusol’s CS60 models, which the company says is the first mounting system that uses one unit per PV panel.
“With the University’s commitment to advanced technology in LEED certified buildings across the campus and a commitment to teaching manufacturing excellence, it’s fitting that the latest in solar technology was incorporated in their renewable energy initiatives,” says Bart Leusink, Renusol America’s President and CEO. “This mounting system represents the latest and best in American technology and innovation.”
Renusol says its system is changing how solar arrays are deployed on U.S. flat rooftops by eliminating the layout restrictions inherent to traditional, rigid aluminum racking rails. Manufactured in the Midwest, the company says the model offers several solutions developed specifically for the domestic market.
Developing the mounting system involved reviewing data from American-based wind tunnel studies, which demonstrated how wind forces vary across a roof. Renusol took these results into consideration when designing its flexible system. SPW