The Influent Energy team is responsible for the design, construction and installation of the rooftop-mounted 1304 kW solar system. The system is part of the 5 MW distributed solar energy program for the utility company Entergy New Orleans in Louisiana. The site host is a packaging facility for Transportation Consultants, Inc. (TCI). The solar array was completed on schedule, on budget, and to specification.
Technically speaking– this system is mounted on the roof on an RBI aluminum rail support system. The rails are attached with L-feet to a Versabracket roof attachment, which is then attached through the roof to the structure below.
Overcoming Project Constraints
The TCI-Alvar project faced a unique challenge in the late design phase of the project. The utility company and Influent originally agreed to a certain method of interconnection into the grid, however, during final design it was discovered the point of interconnection would no longer be suitable for the project. Influent engaged our team of electrical engineers and devised a new plan. The plan was presented to the utility company, and the new interconnection was ultimately approved. After successful construction and installation of the system, the TCI–Alvar solar array now produces an estimated 1,928,800 kWh annually. This situation proves Influent’s capabilities to accurately identify solutions to potential project-ending challenges.