Terrasmart constructs Connecticut's largest solar project

Jul 27, 2022 05:56 PM ET
  • Solar racking producer and also turnkey installer Terrasmart finished Connecticut's biggest utility-scale solar plant in Canterbury. The business provided racking as well as developed the 66.5-MWAC plant.
Terrasmart constructs Connecticut's largest solar project
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Terrasmart evaluated the site, created a system to endure New England weather conditions, produced the racking and implemented the mechanical setup of the 66.5-MWAC fixed-tilt system in seven months. Collaborating with project partners, Terrasmart converted 270 acres of woodland, farmland and redeemed gravel mines to renewable resource manufacturing.

The 150,000-module system-- created for one of the nation's largest utilities-- makes use of Terrasmart's ground screw foundations as well as slide racks to anticipate frost heave, high snow and also high wind. With the completion of this project, Terrasmart has actually mounted greater than 1.1 GW of solar in the Northeast over the last 2 years.

" As the largest solar farm in Connecticut as well as one of the greatest in all of New England, this project shows our full-scope strategy to PV execution," stated Ed McKiernan, head of state of Terrasmart. "Our end-to-end option enabled us to value-engineer as well as supply a robust system for the utility in record time."

Terrasmart self-performed 100% of the work, deploying 170 team members 7 days weekly and also 10 hours daily to supply the project on time. The team worked together with the designer and also various other stakeholders to compress a 130-week project into less than 33 weeks.

" Working as PM for this project was a huge accomplishment and also one of the highlights of my job," stated Richard Van Fleet, supervisor of building and construction at Terrasmart. "I boast of our building and construction team who did every little thing possible to compress the timeline and make this project successful."

Terrasmart utilized its proprietary surveying software throughout system design. To protect system integrity, in-house geotechnical, mechanical, electric as well as civil experts designed the system to hold up against icy New England weather with up to 120 mph winds, 35 psf of snow lots as well as 27 inches of frost deepness.

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