Elizabeth Helsel, RETTEW Field Services

The Solar Power World editorial team is proud to continue our Top Solar Champions awards program that began in 2021. These four awards, open to anyone employed by Top Solar Contractor companies, highlight talent in the industry in a variety of skill areas.

The 2022 Top solar designer prize winner is Elizabeth Helsel, Project Manager for State College, Pennsylvania’s RETTEW Field Services.

“She is an advocate for her customers and the wider industry, making sure floating solar designs are robust to avoid negative perception of this young part of the industry in the US.” – Jason Wert, Industry Leader, Rettew Associates

Helsel’s solar panel design skills have helped RETTEW succeed in a unique and growing segment of the industry: floating solar projects. Floating solar requires specialized permitting and anchoring specifications that the designer must carefully consider. Helsel has excelled in this area, recently completing the 3.3-MW Jackson Floating Solar Array in New Jersey. The Jackson range is one of the largest in the United States, as well as the country’s first application of floating solar PV in a deepwater quarry.

As a new frontier for solar installations, real-time standards are being set for floating PV projects. Helsel has become a leader in this field, collaborating with the design, construction and manufacturing sectors to find the most cost-effective solutions for new equipment configurations that work best on water. Her passion is paving the way for the next generation of solar designers and contractors who want to make waves with floating solar.

The Solar Energy World Top Solar Contractors awards program is part of our annual Top Solar Contractors list.

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