Cantsink Completes Two 200 kW TVA Projects

Crofton, Kentucky – Cantsink completed the installation of helical piles for two 200 kW projects in Crofton, Kentucky.  Green Point Wind and Solar lead the two TVA Generation Partners solar projects.  The Cantsink team installed around 105 piles of 4″ pipe on each site.  The first site had a topography slope of over 4-feet which was more than originally expected.  Together, the Cantsink and Green Point teams agreed that the best installation process would to be installing the helical piles in a “step-down” method.  Topography is one among several factors taken into account when determining the correct size pipe needed for a solar project.  Other factors include location, wind speed, tilt angle, soils, and type of racking system.  The project also included racking systems from Solarflex Rack and the Kentucky soils were ideal on both locations. The installation took the team a few days on each site to complete.  Patrick Hutchinson, Cantsink’s president, expressed his thoughts on the outcome of the projects.  Hutchinson said, “I am extremely pleased with the two projects.  We hope that the TVA area continues to be a success with the new program changes as it grows solar in the Southeast region of the country.”

The TVA solar program has gone through several changes over the years.  At the start of the program, the maximum size project was 1 megawatt and was later reduced to maximum size of just less than 200 kilowatts.  On September 6, 2011, TVA reduced the maximum system size per project from 200 kilowatts to no larger than 50 kilowatts. They grandfathered in a few of the solar projects including the solar projects Cantsink completed in Kentucky.  On February 13, 2012, TVA launched the new Solar Solutions Initiative Program, which provides additional incentives for mid-size solar projects installed by local developers using solar modules made within TVA’s service territory. The two-year pilot program is for solar projects from 50 kilowatts to 1 megawatt.  According to reports, “The program is offered as an added incentive to TVA’s Renewable Standard Offer program, which began in fall of 2010 for larger renewable project developers.  The new solar pilot incentive is offered in conjunction with the Renewable Standard Offer’s wholesale market rates.  Initial incentive levels will pay eligible projects an additional 6 cents per kilowatt-hour for systems up to 200 kilowatts or 4 cents per kilowatt-hour for systems up to 1 megawatt. TVA will pay the Solar Solutions incentives for 10 years.”

Cantsink join solar industry leaders for the TVA Solar Solutions Conference on April 10th and 11th in Memphis, Tennessee to learn further about the new program.

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