When completing a solar project, farmers will occasionally need to sacrifice the most cherished asset of all - crop space. However, we’re proud to say that our JKB Energy team has an expert ability to leverage each corner of unusable ranch space, including mandated water basins!
Our design team puts a tremendous amount of thought into recommending where our customers’ new solar system should be situated. Our team of experts—headed up by Nova Sayadian, our NABCEP-certified Vice President of Design & Procurement—conduct a thorough analysis, check electrical equipment for any possible roadblocks, and then provide the best recommendation for location of the install.
In Cortez Growers’ situation in particular, we engineered their solar system to sit several feet above their water basin. This county-mandated space is typically a wasted and unusable area—which can be frustrating in a hulling/stockpiling industry—but because of the ingenuity of the design the system at Cortez Growers has been able to average energy output of 103%, even while sitting in water!
The first step in the Cortez project was to expand the water basin, going wider and shallower to allow sufficient water space. Then we raised the racking and panels 8- 10 feet. Using concrete supports, we built the inverters up on a platform for the system to sit just above the water level, even after the basin fills with water. Because of its added complexity, this type of installation requires the addition of a hydrologist to our installation team.