OYA Solar claims largest rooftop project in North America
By Anthony Capkun
OYA Solar Inc., a developer of solar PV systems, announced its newest project with Atlas Tube (Atlas), an independent manufacturer of hollow structural steel sections. The two will develop what they claim is North America’s largest rooftop solar PV project.
The 3.5MW project, which will cover nearly 650,000 sf of rooftop space
(about 12 football fields), will be located at the Atlas facility (a
division of the John Maneely Company) in Harrow, Ont. The project is the
largest of both current and planned rooftop solar installations in
North America, say the partners, which currently includes a 2.5MW System
at the FedEx distribution centre in New Jersey and a 2.6MW project in
Salt Lake City, Utah.
The project will provide 30% of Atlas’s annual energy consumption. Along
with its strategic development partners (such as Polar Racking, Conergy
Canada and Tremco Weatherproofing Technologies), OYA expects the first
500kW of the project to be commissioned by next spring. The total
investment is expected to be $20 million.
In addition, Polar (one of OYA’s sister companies) unveiled its
strategic alliance with Atlas. Polar—which designs, manufactures and
assembles racking in Windsor, Ont.—will work with Atlas to manufacture
its second generation of rooftop racking systems.
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