Solar Alliance Energy developing 519-kW California commercial solar project
Solar Alliance Energy is pleased to announce it has entered into a definitive agreement with a division of Onni Group for the design, procurement and construction management services of a 519-kW combined rooftop and carport solar installation at Manhattan Beach Towers, a mid-rise, multi-tenant office building owned by the Vancouver-based developer.
“Solar Alliance is proud to be working with Onni to reduce their carbon footprint,” said Solar Alliance chairman and CEO Jason Bak. “This is an exciting project for the largest office tower in Manhattan Beach and will provide significant long-term environmental benefits. Our team worked closely with Onni on site assessment, evaluation and design to ensure the solar project meets the needs of Onni. Meeting our customers’ needs is core to our business ethic and results in a solar project that we can all be proud of. The Manhattan Beach Towers solar project is our largest commercial solar project to date in California and is a great example of our ability to provide solar solutions for our clients anywhere in the United States.”
A groundbreaking ceremony was held recently at Manhattan Beach Towers with Manhattan Beach mayor Steve Napolitano and other local dignitaries in attendance.
The Manhattan Beach Towers solar project will use LG NeON 2 solar modules, Solar Edge inverters and Solar Edge module optimizers. The carport solar array will maximize power output for Manhattan Beach Towers in addition to providing shaded parking for tenants, shielding their vehicles from heat and rain.
“It’s always great when our corporate partners step up and do the right thing,” Napolitano said. “In this case, going solar benefits their bottom line and everyone’s environment, so it’s truly win-win. I look forward to the project’s completion, and to other businesses following in the footsteps of Manhattan Beach Towers.”
Solar Alliance’s design and construction management services (DCM) approach for this project is the result of working closely with Onni to determine their needs. The DCM approach includes financial modeling and analysis, evaluation of utility interconnection policies with technical guidance, detailed basis of design including stamped engineering documents and material specifications, bid preparation and solicitation, supply of specified major solar system components and project management.
“The DCM approach we are taking with this project allows us to expand our installation footprint significantly,” said Solar Alliance VP Harvey Abouelata. “While most of the solar industry focuses on a specific local project, our focus is on the customer’s goals. We know what it takes to develop and manage a successful commercial solar project, and as a result we can provide a cost-effective solution that reduces risk and best serves our client. We were pleased to develop this approach with Onni in the Manhattan Beach and we look forward to successfully completing the project ahead.”
The Manhattan Beach Towers project contributes to a record ten-fold year over year increase in Solar Alliance’s pipeline of commercial solar projects. Construction on the project has already commenced and it is expected to be completed early in Q1 2019.
News item from Onni Group