Another Successful Solar Project in TVA Region Completed

Tennessee, May 2012 – East Tennessee Solar completed the Morrow 50-kW solar project using Cantsink’s helical piles.  The project was completed in the Tennessee Valley Authority region using a 3-man crew, one bobcat operator installing the helical piles into a clay soil and two men assisting.  Due to the slope of the property site, changing 4 or more feet from East to West, East Tennessee divided the solar array into equal sections and utilized extensions on the Cantsink helical piles. The staff and engineers at Cantsink worked with East Tennessee to design the helical pile foundations to solve the challenge of the topography ensuring that the array would remain secure with the varying elevation.  Stacey Ferguson, the President of East Tennessee Solar, explained, “Each project is unique and this was no different. It was the first time that Cantsink had worked with TTI, as well as East Tennessee’s first experience with the adjustable racking.  Some minor alterations were made at the job site, but overall it was a great project to be a part of.  We will be installing more Cantsink and TTI systems in the future.”

East Tennessee Solar selected Sharp solar panels and the TTI adjustable-tilt ground mount system due to its estimated 12% increase of production with the tracking capability to follow the sun from North to South. The TTI rack is adjustable and can be set at 10, 20, 30 and 60 degrees for maximum efficiency throughout the year.  Ferguson said, “Yes, the owner definitely wants another 50Kw system.  The production has exceeded our estimates so far.  The owner is looking at this as an investment and as a result he would like to double the size of the solar project to increase his return and profitability.”

The production output is currently being tracked by the Inverter’s (PV Powered) built-in monitoring device. In the near future, an Internet connection will be available and East Tennessee Solar will be able to monitor the output on the Web.

ABOUT Cantsink Manufacturing, Inc

Cantsink 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 turn-around of material, and competitive pricing, along with customer service that’s second to none!  We’re 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 custom piles for your project.  We’re engineered for excellence!

ABOUT East Tennessee Solar

Tennessee Solar is located in Athens, TN approximately halfway between Knoxville and Chattanooga, allowing us to serve a large area. We have been in business for 1.5 years, installing Residential and Commercial systems to offset our customers’ utility bills. We have also installed systems for Investors who appreciate the long term financial benefits that SOLAR provides.

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