Cantsink Manufacturing Completes 1 MW Project at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport

Chattanooga, TN – Cantsink Manufacturing completed the foundations for a 1 MW solar project at the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport.  The array, the largest project in the EPB service area, was approved after the Federal Aviation Administration provided a grant for 95 percent of project cost.  Chattanooga was only the second airport nationally to receive a Federal Aviation Administration grant that targets areas which have air quality problems.

Inman Solar, a full service solar PV installer based in Atlanta, was selected for the airport project. Cantsink Manufacturing provided Inman Solar with helical piles for the foundations.  Cantsink installed over 400 helical piles at the project site, which is located in the airport’s southwest corner. “We are excited to be a part of such a wonderful project.  Hopefully, more municipalities will be looking at solar as a long-term investment to benefit tax payers,” said Patrick Hutchinson, Cantsink’s President.

The $4.3 million project will produce 1.1 megawatts of electricity.  That volume of electricity is equivalent to power as many as 90 homes. Dan Fossitt, a partner at Inman Solar, said the payback to the airport will take only about two years in view of its local share of the project’s cost.  The facility will sell electricity to EPB and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

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