We worked with a national chain of fitness centers to install solar at their Harrison, NY facility in 2015.
To maximize capacity at the obstruction-filled, highly-shaded roof, we adopted a compressed layout and installed modules at a 5° tilt. Due to the resulting high snow load, we added Long Claw supports to reinforce modules and maintain module warranties. While the voltage drop necessary for the 600V system was difficult to work with over such a long roof, this project voltage allowed us to shorten panel strings, minimizing shading’s impact on energy production.
Aesthetics were a critical design consideration for this upscale gym. Conduit was routed to a non-visible side of the building and painted to match the building trim. We installed the central inverter behind a screening fence purchased to match the existing fence and dampen equipment noise.
Because the facility only closes from 12-4am each night, close coordination with our client and the local utility, ConEdison, allowed us to to execute the interconnection over two four hour tie-ins and avoid any interruption to gym services.
As NY State was still on an older cycle of the National Electrical Code, Nexamp abided by the older code cycle while optimizing the design for updated standards.