Edisun Microgrids, which launched its innovative dual-axis flat-roof commercial tracker last year, expects to deploy more than 3 MW of its rooftop tracker PV Booster in 2017, according to company CEO Bill Gross.
“To date, we have amassed a portfolio of potential customers totaling 120 MW of C&I (commercial and industrial) rooftops across the country,” he says.
The PV Booster is a small dual-axis tracker that moves a single solar panel around a circular rail, capturing maximum solar insolation on a commercial flat roof.
The support structure of the tracker is so low that a standard parapet wall will shield the unit from high winds. The compact design solves problems with weight, size, mounting and wind that have previously kept trackers off commercial roofs.
“Our path to lightning-fast growth was born in our decision to design a tracker product to meet the needs of the vastly underserved commercial and industrial rooftop market—a trillion dollar opportunity in the U.S. alone. Once we proved this concept, our team developed a business roadmap for PV Booster that meets demand for our product, with strict focus on product quality and timing of delivery,” Gross says.
“By manufacturing here in the United States, we can ensure end-users receive reliable equipment built to withstand the tests of time, and that our EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) partners can build projects on time and on budget,” he notes. “Additionally, we have chosen to develop our own projects, which allows us to foster strong, multi-project relationships with building owners able to support more than 500 kW of solar PV on their rooftops,” he says.
“Ultimately, we know that global expansion is key to our long-term success. As such, we are in active discussions with distributors and strategic partners in high-growth solar markets around the world, including Mexico, the United Kingdom, India, Turkey and other countries in South America,” he says. “Edisun is currently raising capital to support this aggressive growth plan and anticipates strong interest in our unique value proposition,” he concludes.