Designing for Next-Generation Technologies: Utility-Scale Trends

Join Solar Power World and Top Solar Contractors as we have a round table discussion of the best business practices adopted by the installation community for the utility scale market.

The utility-scale solar market may seem like an assembly line of proven installation methods, but most of the technological advancements in the industry are first arriving at our largest projects. Large format and bifacial solar panels are tested on new trackers and connected to more powerful inverters every day. Utility-scale contractors will share how they stay on top of the latest technology designs as they build successful projects with a shrinking ITC.

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Live round table discussion
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT


Melody Callander, Manager of preliminary design and development technology, Inovateus Solar
Melody graduated from Hanover College in 1993 with a degree in History and later graduated from IADT in 2006 with a degree in Design. She has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry, most recently with the Commodore Corporation in Goshen, Indiana as Group Lead of Drafting and Design for the company’s manufacturing facility in PA. Melody has designed interiors for Disney, Navy Federal Credit Union, The University of Central Florida, and Hemmingway’s Restaurant. She has also designed millwork, cabinets and kitchens in luxury vacation homes and resorts in Breckenridge, Vail and Steamboat, Colorado. Melody’s passion and unique skills are a great asset to Inovateus. Her knowledge and energy are a driving force behind the design team of Inovateus.

Eb Russell, Founder and President, RPCS
Eb Russell, a former Suntech employee, visited Array Technologies in New Mexico about a possible acquisition of Suntech. The plan backfired, but Russell was impressed with Array’s trackers and eventually came on board as Array’s sole salesperson. As VP of Sales, he led Array through the utility scale explosion in the early 2010s, selling more than 3 GW of trackers in five years. In 2014, Array Technologies wanted to tackle the market for small projects that needed more installation assistance, so Russell founded RP Construction Services as an Array installation arm.

Brenda Byers, preconstruction director of the renewable energy group, McCarthy Building Companies
Brenda Byers has been with McCarthy since 2016 and continues to play a key role in expanding the company’s Phoenix-based renewable energy group after ten years of renewable energy construction experience with a focus on solar. Over the course of her career, Brenda has helped develop more than 2 gigawatts of solar power and currently oversees plant design, working with trading partners and working closely with project teams to prepare preconstruction planning for solar energy projects. to maximize. Brenda works closely with the developers and customers to better understand their vision and provide industry solutions.

Tim Matus, CEO, Renu Robotics
Renu Robotics is the market leader in autonomous vegetation management systems. Based in San Antonio, Texas, the company currently specializes in utility-scale solar power plants and there is currently nothing in the autonomous market that compares to our engineering capabilities. Renu’s Generation 3.0 autonomous all-electric tractor – the Renubot – has several innovative features and the Recharge Pod is unique in its way of charging, offering protection in all climates. Mission Control continuously monitors and updates tractors in the field. Asset owners and O&M providers can access specific screens for performance, location and maintenance information, even with tablets and cell phones.

Moderator: Billy Ludt, Editor-in-Chief, Solar Power World
Billy was hired at Solar Power World in 2018 to address editing and business issues for the publication, as well as writing project case studies. Previously, he worked as a reporter on general assignments at newspapers in Northeast Ohio. With over two years of stories to his credit, Billy is looking forward to finding new ways to tell stories about the technology, projects and installers that make up the solar industry.

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