Blue Oak Energy designs 2.8-MW solar electric photovoltaic system for U.S. Coast Guard in Puerto Rico; project part of large-scale energy savings program by Schneider Electric

Tracy McDonald

Tracy McDonald

Nov 28, 2011 – Business Wire

DAVIS, California , November 28, 2011 (press release) – Worth $50 million, largest photovoltaic project the United States Coast Guard has undertaken to date; Schneider Electric took on Blue Oak Energy as a partner for design and engineering of the photovoltaic systems installed in Puerto Rico

Blue Oak Energy and Point 2 Structural Engineers designed a 2.8 megawatt solar electric project for the U.S. Coast Guard in Puerto Rico as part of a large-scale energy savings performance program implemented by Schneider Electric. The U.S. Coast Guard reduced greenhouse gases (GHG) by replacing brown power with PV-generated green power.

“By replacing conventional forms of energy with renewables, the Coast Guard not only reduces GHG emissions but also improves the reliability of its electrical system, especially important in the hurricane belt of the Caribbean,” said federal energy solutions program manager for Schneider Electric, Kevin Vaughn.

The PV systems span two sites – Air Station Borinquen in Aguadilla and Rio Bayamon Housing Center in San Juan – and includes:

200 residential rooftops
6 commercial rooftops
5 carports arrays and
3 ground mount arrays

Significant variations in building elevations and orientations combined with extreme weather conditions posed a unique challenge to provide economical and technically feasible designs.

“We standardized design across many small housing units, multi-use facilities and time weathered buildings, some dating as far back as World War II,” said Blue Oak Energy Engineering Project Manager, Zack Zoller. “We went with a campus-wide approach to lower design and installation costs.”

About Blue Oak Energy

Blue Oak Energy (BOE) is a full service provider of solar photovoltaic systems with a core focus on engineering and construction. With more than 100 years of combined experience in the solar industry, Blue Oak’s services include project planning and feasibility, design and engineering, turn-key installation, and system maintenance. Blue Oak Energy has provided a range of services for projects with a cumulative total of over 350MW of projects which are currently in operation today. The company is known for delivering some of the largest and most innovative solar electric projects across commercial, industrial, government, and utility sites. Named for California’s hardy native blue oak trees, Blue Oak Energy delivers quality work with a central mission of continuously installing solar electric systems to diversify our energy mix.

Point 2 Structural Engineers, Inc.

Point 2 Structural Engineers, Inc. offers comprehensive structural engineering services for a wide range of projects throughout the U.S. with a variety of governing agencies. These projects include new structures, renovations and additions, peer reviews, existing building assessments, glass window wall design, and photovoltaic support systems. Point 2 Structural Engineers has served as the structural engineer of record for over 800 projects including approximately 130 photovoltaic projects. Point 2 has developed a variety of innovative and cost effective solutions for the structural support elements of solar energy photovoltaic panels, including; ground mount solar, single and dual axis trackers, roof mounted installations, and ballasted systems. Point 2’s commitment to excellent client service, innovative and efficient structural design, and technical expertise is our key to ensuring our clients’ success.

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