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Largest US Single-Sloped Solar Array Complete

Friday, August 21, 2020

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Workers in Pittsburgh have recently placed the last of 4,784 solar photovoltaic panels at a site that is now considered the largest single-sloped solar array in the country.

The $5 million project was completed by Scalo Solar Solutions and covers 133,000 square feet of an old steel mill—Mill 19—in the city’s Hazelwood Green redevelopment along the Monongahela River.

Scalo Solar Solutions

Workers in Pittsburgh have recently placed the last of 4,784 solar photovoltaic panels at a site that is now considered the largest single-sloped solar array in the country.

According to Scalo, the panels were installed using an access platform netting material called the Spider WorkWeb, which was attached to the Mill’s existing steel structure.

That steel skeleton is the same one of the original mill building, built by the Jones & Laughlin Steel Company in 1943.

The panels along the roof (which is sloped 20 degrees) will generate 2.5 megawatts of power, which will be enough energy to power about 264 homes.

Mill 19 has been designed with the goal of achieving LEED v4 Gold certification, with a high-performance envelope providing maximum thermal efficiency and up to 96% daylight autonomy.

According to reports, 100% of the complex’s total electricity usage will be offset by energy generated on site, and storm water will be conveyed through a rainwater garden to centrally located infiltration basins. Captured rooftop rainwater will be reused in the cooling tower and for flushing in the restrooms.

   

Tagged categories: Environmental Controls; NA; North America; Solar; Solar energy

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