New Solar Technology That Can Withstand 180 MPH Hurricane Winds (Higher Than A Cat 5)
Solar FlexRack’s FlexRack FlexRack Series G3-X is fully operational for Azimuth Energy’s 1.1 megawatt solar project in the Bahamas. The microgrid comprises the largest PV array in the Bahamas to date and is designed to withstand winds of up to 180 miles per hour while providing reliable power in the face of increasingly severe hurricanes.
A Category 5 storm has withstood winds of 250 km / h or more, according to the Saffir-Simpson scale.
The microgrid also includes a 2 MWh battery system with which all resort generators can be switched off for the first time in 50 years. This translates into cleaner air and huge savings for up to 100 resort residents and guests at any one time.
Azimuth Energy selected Solar FlexRack’s G3-X mounting solution to withstand very high winds, as well as to ensure adaptability, corrosion resistance and fast installation time.
Technical data of the G3-X
The G3-X has a design with four posts per table, protects against severe corrosion and allows PV models to be individually screwed together instead of being clamped from above. This allows for maximum hurricane survivability. Marc Lopata, President and CEO of Azimuth Energy, shared some thoughts on the G3-X.
“We have used Solar FlexRack for dozens of projects and we can install the G3-X system quickly and consistently to protect PV modules and our customers’ investment during severe weather events,” he said. “The responsive customer service and project support from Solar FlexRack are key to our product selection process.”
Azimuth Energy, co-author of RMIs Solar Under Storm, a guide to hurricane resilience best practices, conducted Hurricane Consulting for the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The company can look back on a long success story, which proves its competence in building resilience in microgrid systems.
Steve Daniel, EVP for Sales and Marketing at Solar FlexRack, made a statement about working with Azimuth Energy. “We were honored to have the opportunity to work with Azimuth Energy on this impactful project,” he said. “Azimuth Energy is an industry leader in designing and building long-lasting, rugged solar and storage microgrids, especially in remote areas that are most vulnerable to increasingly severe hurricanes.”
Before installation, the resort used generators that ran non-stop day and night. Thanks to the microgrid, around two thirds of the island’s diesel fuel consumption is saved and 1,800 tons of CO2 emissions are saved each year. Once the system pays off, island owners will continue to save over $ 700,000 per year thanks to lower operating costs.
Chris Wilson, President of Bahamas Energy and Solar Supplies, said: This project has shown that it is possible to achieve environmental benefits and long-term savings from solar-plus storage microgrids built in even the toughest climates. “
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