Balance of systems solutions provider Shoals Technologies Group will team up with EPC specialists American Helios Constructors to deliver 17.5 MW of ground mount racking to the Fort Huachuca U.S. Army Base in Arizona.
Once complete, the PV installation at the base will be the largest federal army array in the country. Shoals Technologies Group will supply its NiceRack device, with American Helios Constructors overseeing all engineering, procurement and construction services.
"The Shoals’ NiceRack is an innovative modular design that requires far fewer number of components and fasteners compared to any other solution available in the market today," said Shoals VP of global sales, Ben Macias.
American Helios Constructors’ VP, Brad Kogan, added that the NiceRack is an ideal solution for Fort Huachuca thanks to its durability and performance in adverse and challenging weather conditions. With shipment due to begin in mid-June, installation is penciled in for later this summer.
The Fort Huachuca PV project has created brisk business for a handful of local renewable energy companies and utilities. Once fully completed and operational, Arizona utility Tucson Electric Power (TEP) will purchase any excess energy that the solar array produces and feed it to their customers.
TEP will own and operate the array, which is intended to meet one quarter of the base’s energy demands, making it the largest solar PV installation in the U.S. army. President Obama recently reiterated his desire to increase the share of renewable energy in federal bases and buildings, and the U.S. Army is leading the way the total installed solar power at military bases in the country exceeds 130 MW, or 33% of the militarys total renewable energy capacity.