Number of Modules: 26,600
Developer: Strata Solar
Shannon is one of the fastest 5MW AC site ever constructed by Strata.
Shannon was a challenging job because of an usually wet summer last year — but the layout offered an easy pathway for logging mats which helped us fight back against the elements. It was the first time we had to build a logging mat roadway through the entire array, and it was this roadway that contributed to our ability to complete the job in record time. The mud got to be so thick in places that the pallet walkways were needed to get workers through the rows of panels on to the inverter pads and the racking. We weren’t only building a world class solar farm, we were constantly constructing and deconstructing roads throughout the site to keep us on our feet. Certain portions of the farm were only accessible with knee high rubber boots, and all the equipment for those areas took that many more men and women to move in place.
This job really tested the mettle of the crew, but we hung together through it all – and we built a beautiful array in record time! It really brought the team together.
Markus and Cathy, Strata’s co-founders visited the site, and took the group out to a wonderful lunch at a local BBQ place called Joe’s, if you’re ever in the area we would certainly recommend it! There is also a wonderful taco stand near Red Springs. The food there was delicious and parts of our crew were there every day for lunch. Local convenient stores went out of their way to thank us for the increased business, and we thanked them for the great food and their services.
It was one of those jobs that you look back on and feel good about. Shannon was a very very hard job in torrential weather — but when members of that crew see each other on other Strata jobs there’s an immediate bond over Shannon.
Strata Solar Crew
Shannon Farm produces approximately 8,880 MWh of electricity per year, which is the same amount of energy used by 750 average homes in North Carolina.
Construction took approximately 14 weeks, beginning in late March, 2012 and finishing at the end of June. Strata Solar worked very closely with the Youth Chamber of Commerce to hire 120 installers for the job, from Robeson county.
Over $250,000 in direct expenditures in Robeson County for wages, lodging and supplies. Increase in the property tax base of Robeson County of approximately $15 million with no requirement for additional school, sewers roads, or other county services
No emission, no noise, no traffic associated with the operation of the solar farm. Each year, the solar farm will offset approximately 2.4 million pounds of CO2 which is the same as reducing automobile travel by 3.2 million miles.