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Yucaipa Valley Water District

Yucaipa Valley Water District

Partner John Fitzgerald Weaver was contracted to support the Yucaipa Valley Water District (YVWD) to determine the feasibility of constructing a solar power, plus battery, and gas generator backup system to protect their two water facilities. The importance of this...

Solar Development

Solar Development

Partner John Fitzgerald Weaver is developing a portfolio of over 100 megawatts composed of sixteen Community Solar projects in the northeastern region. As owner of Commercial Solar Guy, Weaver directs various professionals - land acquisition and development,...

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Construction Project

Partner, John Fitzgerald Weaver, owns a solar construction firm, and is currently building a 226 kWdc solar power facility for an investment firm. The project is located in southeast Massachusetts. Weaver’s company, Commercial Solar Guy, supported the development of the facility, and took over 100% of construction responsibilities.

Weaver’s team worked with the electrical engineer to define the project’s technical potential. We worked with the local utility to refine designs and move grid interconnection points in order to better the system’s efficiency.

After sizing the system we worked with the racking company APA Solar to first discover the nature of our ground (rocky with layers of clay), and optimise our layout within the borders given – that being of wetlands on two sides, and roads on two other sides.

We worked with a local contractor that we have a decade of experience with. His team cleared the land, and readied it for racking installation. We used a ground screw drill, along with an excavator in the more challenging spots.

Currently, the project has had all solar panels and all racking components installed – mechanical construction being done. We’re  in the process of installing the electrical system now. We’ve dug trenches for the conduit runs from our inverters to our electrical boxes.

We will soon begin to install the inverters, combiners, current transformer cabinets, disconnects, transformers, and of course the meter socket – and utility grade meter. All of these items wired together with specifically sized copper make the solar power work.

Commercial Solar Guy expects this project to turn on in the third quarter of 2022. The facility will generate close to 300,000 kWh in its first year. The company has operations and maintenance responsibility for the first five years of the facility’s life.

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PV Intel / Case Studies

Yucaipa Valley Water District

Yucaipa Valley Water District

Partner John Fitzgerald Weaver was contracted to support the Yucaipa Valley Water District (YVWD) to determine the feasibility of constructing a solar power, plus battery, and gas generator backup system to protect their two water facilities. The importance of this...

Solar Development

Solar Development

Partner John Fitzgerald Weaver is developing a portfolio of over 100 megawatts composed of sixteen Community Solar projects in the northeastern region. As owner of Commercial Solar Guy, Weaver directs various professionals - land acquisition and development,...

The Latest from PV Intel

25 Largest Solar PV Projects

25 Largest Solar PV Projects

This table represents the top 25 largest solar projects in the United States in terms of nameplate capacity (MW), as reportedby the Energy Information Administration. Projects must have received regulatory approval, but not yet achieved commercial operation date. A...