4 California solar projects built flat on the ground

Four solar projects with a direct-to-ground mounting system were completed in California. The arrays are Earth Mount Solar systems from: Erthosthat do not use steel mounting structures, such as trackers, and are instead built by placing solar panels directly on the ground.

Without racking panel rows, Erthos projects reduce overall system footprint and claim to increase overall array output. The projects totaling 2.2 MW were built by OneSun Power, developed by White Pine Renewable Energy and acquired by Directional Services.

“Erthos technology is a real step forward in innovation in solar technology. By executing the Olam Food portfolio, Erthos has demonstrated its ability to turn projects that would not have worked with a conventional shelving solution into viable assets using its innovative technology. White Pine is proud to have partnered with Erthos for the past two years to ensure we can deliver to our customers – even in the most challenging of circumstances,” said Michael Kremer, managing partner and co-founder of White Pine Renewables.

Power from the plants will be purchased under power purchase agreements between Teapot Dome Water District and Olam Food Ingredients. Erthos expects to have more than 40 MW of additional projects under contract by the end of the year.

“This marks a new phase in our rapid market adoption,” said Jim Tyler, CEO of Erthos. “As with our first implementation a year ago, with these new projects we are seeing immediate and ongoing validation of our plant performance online. Energy production, thermal performance and the efficiency of the ErthBot cleaning robot are all supported by the data coming in from these factories.”

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