Airport Solar Project St. Thomas

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Largest solar project in the Virgin Islands

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Airport Solar Project St. Thomas

  1. 1. A sea of panels<br />The Cyril E. King Airport Installation is the largest in the Virgin Islands.<br />
  2. 2. Lotta power<br />The 450 Kw system will generate enough power to take 15 percent off the airport’s utility bill, saving about $35,000 a month<br />
  3. 3. Pretty long<br />The system is 1,600 feet long and 21 feet wide. Each array is 10 feet and six inches wide.<br />
  4. 4. Preparing the ground<br />
  5. 5. Erosion control methods were implemented<br />
  6. 6. Ready to go into the ground<br />
  7. 7. Help was needed in the rocky spots<br />
  8. 8. Supports were driven deeply into the ground<br />System is rated to withstand 150 mile per hour wind<br />
  9. 9. First night<br />To interfere as little as possible with air traffic some work was done at night.<br />
  10. 10. Framing<br />The framing was together but had to be spread out<br />
  11. 11. Flex racks<br />
  12. 12. Unfolding the frames<br />
  13. 13. The frames before the panels were placed on top<br />
  14. 14. Underneath the frames, combiner box<br />
  15. 15. Constructing transformers and inverter pad <br />
  16. 16. Not a small job<br />Some heavy equipment was called in<br />
  17. 17. Titled toward the sun<br />
  18. 18. Transformer installed<br />
  19. 19. Installing fuses in combiner boxes<br />
  20. 20. Closing up after the fuses are in<br />
  21. 21. Commissioning inverters<br />
  22. 22. Completing the wiring for the transformer<br />
  23. 23. Long as a runway itself<br />Those are solar street lights on the left. Solar is definitely making an impact in the Virgin Islands<br />

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