The continued development of enabling technologies makes solar energy an increasingly attractive sustainable energy solution. Energy production can be as complex as large solar fields that serve entire regions or as localized as small rooftop systems that power individual buildings. Although successful deployment of solar energy infrastructure requires careful consideration of numerous factors, the role of wind is surprisingly complex. And in some cases, wind effects may drive the fundamental design considerations of a new product.
CPP pioneered many of the current best practices that dictate how engineers design for wind, and we work closely with professionals in the solar industry to ensure that our recommendations are relevant in the current market.
Solar modules on flat roofs
Deploying solar modules on the roof of a large building may seem trivial at first. You hire an installer, and in a matter of days or weeks you have a new source of energy. Unfortunately, it’s rarely this simple. A flat roof is one of the least hospitable locations for a solar array because complex interactions between buildings and wind increase gusts and create special airflow patterns to which solar panels are especially vulnerable. CPP has a strong heritage in developing advanced methods to evaluate how rooftop solar arrays will react to high wind events. Trust us to deliver the critical information you need to make your next solar project a success.
CPP continues to lead the evolution of roof-mounted solar with, WindLab-Solar, the online wind load calculator customized for your commercial-scale rooftop solar product. Using the results of your system-specific wind tunnel study, WindLab-Solar calculates the loads on every panel in your installation, providing easy access to critical data for a successful solar project.
CPP delivers the critical information you need to give you a competitive edge in the dynamic solar power industry.
Ground-mounted solar power plants
Ground-mounted fixed tilt systems suffer from fewer vulnerabilities than rooftop systems. In fact, wind load testing for these kinds of power plants almost always demonstrates that perimeter modules shelter those in the array interior. Armed with this knowledge, you can incorporate such effects into your design and save costs on both material and labor. CPP understands the details of ground-mounted solar arrays and has delivered innovative solutions to some of the biggest names in the solar industry. Before you break ground, contact us to discover just how much you could save when you design for the wind.
Tracking systems are especially complicated because the wind approach angle changes throughout the day. Depending upon the region in which the system is deployed, there may be certain times of day, or even entire seasons, when the wind is more problematic than in others. When you partner with CPP on your solar tracker design, you’ll not just benefit from a comprehensive understanding of wind loads. You’ll also discover wind mitigation strategies that can save you money and simplify what can be very complex permitting procedures.
CPP aims to promote sustainability, and it would be our pleasure to be your partner in bringing your new solar energy system to market. Contact us today and let our talented solar energy team and pioneering approach ensure that your next project is efficient, safe, and reliable.