PV mounting systems specialist Powerway has won a bid to be the exclusive mounting-structure supplier for a 132.5MW PV power plant to be built in the Philippines, the largest to date, according to the company.
Powerway noted that the major project was located near Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, Philippines and would be using JA Solar 310Wp modules (72-cell).
Due to the large 4×21 (portrait) ‘table’ layout and high-wind (56m/s) velocities obtainable in the area, special lab testing was conducted to ensure the safety of the complete system.
The company also chose different screw pile designs, using 1.8m small-blade screw piles for the main portions, and alternative lengths of 2.0m, 2.2m and 2.4m to handle the more complicated slopes, due to gradiants varying by up to 10 degrees.
Logistical challenges were also highlighted due to the location and the need to provide partially pre-assembled mounting components via redesigned packaging for container transportation, without the need for large handling equipment.
Powerway said that it expected to provide around 170MW of mounting systems in the Philippines in 2015.