Groundbreaking Solar Simplicity—Both Literally and Figuratively
The most difficult aspect of engineering and installing ground mount solar arrays has always been the ground itself—until now with the Osprey PowerPlatform® and its innovative earth anchor foundation system from Nuance Energy.
Some soils are quite soft, requiring piles to be driven deep or set in concrete. Other soils are too hard or rocky for a pile driver or auger to work well, which is why most ground mount projects normally begin with a detailed—and costly— geotechnical report.
The patent-pending Osprey PowerPlatform typically eliminates the need for a geotechnical report and any soil-related engineering. From a sandy beach to desert hard pan. Over a capped landfill or on rocky terrain. The reason is the ability to test and verify the holding strength of the earth anchor foundation system easily and in real-time during the installation, assuring compliance with applicable codes and regulations.
The Osprey PowerPlatform is also simple to install using only handheld power tools, enabling a 4-person crew to install a complete 50kW solar array (racking, foundation, anchor testing, and panels) in an 8-hour day.
Other advantages of the Osprey PowerPlatform that simplify the engineering, procurement and construction of ground mount solar projects include:
- No delays or hassles getting permits approved
- No heavy equipment, such as pile drivers, augers or backhoes
- No concrete and, therefore, no excavation and/or formwork
- No need for skilled labor to operate specialized equipment
- No cutting, bending or welding of any steel components
- No need to install separate wiring channels or inverter pads
Nuance Energy is making solar energy substantially more affordable. The company’s patent-pending Osprey PowerPlatform® solar ground mount racking system employs a unique earth anchor and modular, scalable design to enable contractors, integrators and EPCs to achieve peak profitability through the industry’s lowest installation costs and fastest time-to-revenue for ground mounted systems. Nuance Energy’s mission is to lead solar innovation while focused on the solar industry’s downstream value chain saving partners and customers time and money. Headquartered in San Ramon, CA, Nuance Energy (www.nuanceenergy.com) and its subsidiary AgWell Solar (www.agwellsolar.com) provide design, engineering, installation and financing for select projects.
Nuance Energy Group, Inc.
6 Crow Canyon Court, Suite 200
San Ramon, CA 94583