Array Technologies’ Solar Trackers Weather the Storm
Proven Solar Tracking Technology through Extreme Weather
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – 15 NOVEMBER 2018 – In 2018 the Eastern United States suffered two catastrophic hurricanes. Storms such as these can put solar installations at risk of catastrophic damage. When evaluating solar investments, a key consideration for solar farm projects is equipment reliability. Two of the most devastating storms in recent history, Hurricanes Florence and Michael, resulted in more than $25-billion in damages. Array Technologies today released a report surrounding the survivability of PV installations featuring the company’s solar trackers that were caught in the eye of the storms.
“The devastation left behind by Florence and Michael was tragic, our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been affected by these terrible disasters,” said Jim Fusaro, chief executive officer at Array Technologies. “Planning and preparing for severe weather events is an absolute necessity, yet beyond this, there must be focused efforts on designing solutions that can withstand real-world conditions. At Array Technologies this is an area of focus for our engineers, ensuring our solar tracking solutions can survive severe weather and as was the case with hurricanes Michael and Florence, we did.”
In mid-October, Georgia was struck by the most powerful hurricane it had seen since 1992, leaving a trail of devastation in its path. The category 4 Hurricane Michael caused more than $11-billion USD in damages, flattening crops, destroying roads, and damaging countless buildings. Hurricane Michael passed directly over Woodbine, GA, home to a solar installation utilizing Array’s DuraTrack® HZ v3 single-axis solar trackers. The solar plant survived with zero damage.
In North Carolina, hundreds of megawatts of Array Technologies’ trackers weathered a direct hit from Hurricane Florence. Standing up to maximum wind speeds of 130 mph followed by days of massive flooding, Array’s DuraTrack® trackers came out unharmed, with systems fully operational. Senior leadership from the company attributes its trackers’ ability to weather the storms to its patented wind-mitigation system which does not rely on complex communications systems, batteries, or power and flood clearance on all of its drive and control components.
“We are committed to engineering solar tracking solutions that can survive extreme weather conditions, providing our customers the reliability and returns needed to ensure solar generation remains the energy solution of the future,” said Fusaro.
About Array Technologies
Array Technologies, Inc. is the leading solar tracking solutions and services provider for utility-scale projects. With efficient installation and terrain flexibility coupled with high reliability, durability, and performance, Array delivers the best project returns in the industry. As the chosen tracker for more than 25 GW years of energy production, Array’s products have been optimized through unparalleled experience garnered over nearly three decades. Array Technologies is headquartered in the United States with offices in Europe, Central and South America, the Middle East, and Australia. For more information, please visit https://www.arraytechinc.com/