Florida and Minnesota have not traditionally been thought of as major solar states. However, this is changing. Largely due to a boom in community solar Minnesota’s market has expanded rapidly to become the fourth-largest state market in the first quarter of 2017. Meanwhile Florida utilities are planning for hundreds of megawatts of large-scale projects to come online by early 2018.
Today the potential of these two markets took another step towards actualization with Blattner Energy awarding a contract to Sunlink to supply engineering services and its GeoPro fixed-tilt mounting systems for 500 MW of projects in the two states.
SunLink states that its mounting systems are ideally suited for conditions in both states, each of which can feature challenges. “SunLink’s vast experience working on large and complex solar projects in the most extreme environments makes us uniquely qualified to meet the demands of these installations – whether it be engineering to withstand Florida’s high winds or Minnesota’s heavy snow loads,” stated SunLink VP of Business Development Jonathan Eastwood.
Blattner installed 1.4 GW of solar in 2016, as the largest engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor in the solar space. In February Florida Power and Light awarded contracts to Blattner to build four solar projects totaling 298 MW, which the company expects to complete by the end of this year.