Blue Oak Energy has installed what the company says is Arizona's largest rooftop solar system. The 4.1 MW solar rooftop array is located at First Solar's facility in Mesa and is expected to begin operation by the end of the year.
The system covers approximately 900,000 square feet of rooftop area, using nearly 55,000 thin-film photovoltaic modules manufactured by First Solar. The system is secured with a proprietary ballasted mounting system, resulting in no penetration of the existing roof surface, Blue Oak Energy notes.
The project was also engineered to support the development of new test procedures, wiring methods and other new approaches to advance PV technology. An outdoor inverter test pad provides a flexible testing area where inverters and other equipment can be switched and relocated.