Eaton Rapids Solar
Location: Eaton Rapids, MI
Installed: Spring 2014
Capacity: 535.5kW DC-STC
This ground mounted solar installation is constructed on top of a capped municipal waste landfill. The installation is composed of 2100 Suniva MVX-255 solar modules paired with a single SMA 500CP-US Inverter.
The modules are mounted on the Renusol C60 Mounting system. This is the first time that this mounting system has been utilized for a landfill installation. The delicate landfill cap required that this system be constructed similar to a roof-top mounted system. Soil disturbances and ground pressure had to be kept to a minimum throughout the construction phase of this project. The CS60 was ideally suited to accomplish these goals.
This installation was designed using the latest technology and engineering techniques. This is the first 1000V DC system installed in the State of Michigan. It is also the first solar installation on a former landfill site.
The Eaton Rapids Landfill Solar Array is a great example of how solar technology can be utilized to convert a brown field to a source of clean, renewable electricity.