SunLink chosen to rack 1.4 million panels in Florida

SunLink Corp. won the contract to be the final resting place for the First Solar panels on three Department of Defense solar installations in the Florida Panhandle. Coronal Energy and Gulf Power broke ground on one of the projects at Eglin Air Force Base in January. On the left (from back to front) Ed Feo, President, Coronal Energy, Michael Burroughs, Vice President - Senior Production Officer, Gulf Power Company. On the right (from back to front) Col. Johnson, Eglin Air Force Base, Pete Bronski, Marketing & Content Strategy, Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company, Danny Van Clief, Chief Commercial Officer, Coronal Energy   

Is it possible for Christmas to come nine months early? SunLink might swear that it can.

Even if the answer is “no”, it still must have felt like a holiday when they found out that California utility-scale solar developer Swinerton Renewable Energy had chosen the company’s GeoPro fixed-tilt racking systems to hold the panels in its 165 MW portfolio of ground-mount projects for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy.

The portfolio consists of three projects in Valparaiso, Navarre and Pensacola (in the Florida Panhandle). Construction has already begun and are expected to be completed this summer.

Engineers from Swinerton and SunLink worked closely together to modify the GeoPro product to be able to host the First Solar modules.

“It takes proven, sophisticated engineering excellence and product solutions to support the largest solar projects in the world,” says Jonathan Eastwood, the SunLink vice president who heads up SunLink’s Swinerton team. “Our companies share a commitment to delivering successful, enduring solar projects, and together we’re able to operate more competitively in the market.”

The enormity of the combined projects follows closely on the heels of Monday’s announcement that Florida Power & Light will double its solar capacity by 2018 with eight new solar farms, an announcement that took place at a celebration of three solar farms that started producing in December.

As pv magazine reported in January, two of the three Swinerton projects will be comprised of more than 1.4 million solar panels, with the capacity to power approximately 18,000 homes. Gulf Power is the offtaker of the electricity produced by the three plants.