Upson County, GA, July 31, 2012 – Georgia’s newest utility power plant – the one megawatt Rocky Creek Solar Farm – was recently completed in Upson County, built by Radiance Solar and Cantsink Manufacturing. The economics of solar are becoming more viable, with lower costs for solar leading to an increase in projects in the commercial and utility sectors and steady growth for both companies.
Solar Design & Development, the developer of the project, and Origis Energy USA, the majority owner of the facility, contracted Radiance and Cantsink to engineer and build the plant.
“We are proud to be a part of this milestone project,” said Pat Hutchinson, President of Cantsink Manufacturing, “and excited about the momentum of the solar industry in Georgia.”
The Radiance/Cantsink team implemented a solution for the multi-acre project, joining forces on the site plan, system design and racking installation. Bringing their specialized expertise, Cantsink provided general contracting, civil engineering, site prep and their proprietary helical pile foundation technology. Radiance executed the system design and all aspects of electrical engineering, installation and commissioning.
The Rocky Creek Solar Farm became operational on June 14 and is now providing enough power to supply the electrical needs of approximately 300 homes.
“It’s been very exciting to work with Origis Energy and Solar Design & Development on such an important utility project that demonstrates the potential of solar,” said Jamie Porges, COO and Founder of Radiance Solar.
By the Numbers
• The system design includes 3,476 285-Watt solar panels mounted on 158 22-panel arrays supported by 483 Cantsink helical piles.
• The energy generated by each individual array is fed into one of 13 Shoals Technology Group combiner boxes, which then feed two Satcon 500 kW inverters.
• The inverters convert the solar facilities DC current to AC current, which is then fed into a Georgia Power transformer and fed into Georgia Power’s grid at 12kV.
“Radiance and Cantsink were the ideal partners for Origis in this challenging project in regards to the technical complexity of the project site,” said Johan Vanhee, partner & COO, Origis Energy. “The team delivered on all our expectations and requirements for the project in terms of system engineering, construction and budget objectives.”
About Radiance Solar
Based in Atlanta, Radiance Solar (www.radiancesolar.com) is a leading solar contractor, specializing in the design, installation and maintenance of solar energy systems. Their mission is to bring low-cost, reliable solar energy within reach of every electricity user through a relentless commitment to innovative design, aggressive procurement and efficient construction techniques (www.radiancesolar.com).
About Cantsink Manufacturing, Inc.
Cantsink (www.cantsink.com) is proud to be a piling manufacturing company trusted throughout the nation to supply innovative, strong and cost-effective helical piles. We have been in the helical pile industry since 1988, and have experience creating piles for a wide variety of structures, including the foundations for ground-mounted solar projects. We can provide fast turnaround of material and competitive pricing, along with exceptional customer service. We are proud to announce that our plant and company headquarters have been converted to solar power and are net-zero energy facilities. Our professional engineers have over 45 years of combined experience and can strategize and design a custom solution for your project. We’re engineered for excellence!
About Origis Energy
Origis Energy (www.origisenergy.com) develops, finances and operates utility-scale solar plants across Europe and the U.S. The company is a specialized provider of services to investors in large-scale PV projects.
About Solar Design & Development
Solar Design & Development, LLC (www.solardd.com) is a Georgia-based company committed to helping the state achieve its solar power potential and clean energy goals by taking an innovative approach to project development and finance. SD&D provides clients and partners with stable, low-risk investments in advanced technology solar panel facilities, and offers a broad range of renewable energy development and consulting services.