Atlas Tube to host NA’s largest rooftop PV system

September 28, 2010   by PLANT STAFF

The Atlas Tube installation will generate enough electricity to power 300 homes.

Photo: OYA

WINDSOR, Ont.: OYA Solar Inc. (OYA) and Atlas Tube, a manufacturer of hollow structural sections (HSS), are working together to install what they describe as North America’s largest rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) project.

The $20-million, 3.5-megawatt solar project, covering nearly 650,000 square feet of roof top space (12 football fields), will be installed at an Atlas facility located in Harrow, Ont. and provide 30% of the plant’s annual energy consumption, which is enough electricity to power 300 homes.

The project is the largest of both current and planned rooftop solar installations in North America that includes a 2.5 megawatt system at the FedEx distribution centre in New Jersey and a 2.6 megawatt project in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Strategic development partners are Polar Racking (Polar), Conergy Canada and Tremco Weatherproofing Technologies.

OYA, a Windsor, Ont.-based developer of PV systems, expects the first 500 kilowatts to be commissioned by next spring.

Polar, one of OYA’s sister companies, will work with Atlas to manufacture its second generation of rooftop racking systems built on existing designs and using components manufactured by Atlas.

Atlas Tube has four production facilities in: Harrow; Chicago; Plymouth, Mich.; and Blytheville, Ark. that produce more than 1.4 million tons of HSS tube annually.

In 2009 Ontario was the third largest market for solar PV installations in North America. The Canadian Solar Industry Association (CanSIA) estimates nearly 100 megawatts (mostly ground-mount systems) have been installed in the province this year.

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