- Polar Racking was selected to supply its CORE fixed tilt ground mount solar racking and ballasted foundations and complete a full mechanical installation of the solar projects.
Toronto, Ontario, July 26, 2023 — SolarBank Corporation (CSE: SUNN; OTC: SUUNF; FSE: GY2) (“SolarBank” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has awarded a contract to Polar Racking, a leading North American supplier and manufacturer of solar mounting solutions, to supply its CORE fixed tilt ground mount solar mounting solution, and ballasted foundations to the Manlius and Geddes projects that are being developed by the Company. The Manlius project is being developed by the Company for Solar Advocate Development LLC and, subject to receipt of financing, the Company intends to own and operate the Geddes project.
The two solar projects totalling 10 megawatts (MW) DC are repurposing two closed landfills, addressing two critical challenges: the need for clean energy and the transformation of contaminated land into valuable assets. Polar Racking was selected as the supplier and installer for these sites because of its innovative ballasted foundation product line, designed to securely anchor fixed tilt and tracker solar racking solutions, and their experience supplying landfill sites. Most recently, Polar Racking supplied ballasted foundations and racking for the 92.5 MW solar projects, Deerfoot and Barlow, located in the city Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
“We selected Polar Racking’s ground mount solar solution because of the innovative and proven engineering design that stands behind it,” says Andrew van Doorn, Chief Operating Officer of the Company. “Companies like Polar Racking are extending boundaries of where we can safely build large-scale solar projects, supporting our goal to drive the energy transition forward.”
“Polar Racking is thrilled to be supplying and constructing the two landfill solar projects in New York for a customer we’ve worked on over 20 projects with. We view this as a testament to our unwavering commitment to brownfield redevelopment and delivering top-quality solutions that meet the evolving needs of the solar industry,” stated Vishal Lala, Managing Partner of Polar Racking. “This recognition affirms our expertise and validates the trust our customers and partners place in us as we work together to drive forward innovation in solar racking and mounting solutions, while offering the highest levels of customer service.”
Polar Racking’s solar mounting solutions and ballasted foundations are renowned for their quick assembly, robustness, and adaptability to a varying terrain of solar projects. With a focus on innovation and engineering excellence, the company continuously strives to develop industry-leading solutions that optimize energy generation, streamline installation processes, and ensure long-term system reliability.
As the supplier of over 3 Gigawatts across North America with a future pipeline of 3.4 gigawatts (GW), Polar Racking reinforces its commitment to quality, innovation, and customer satisfaction.
There are several risks associated with the development of the projects disclosed in this press release. The development of any project is subject to receipt of required permits, the continued availability of third-party financing arrangements for the Company and the risks associated with the construction of a solar power project. In addition, governments may revise, reduce or eliminate incentives and policy support schemes for solar power, which could result in future projects no longer being economic. Please refer to “Forward-Looking Statements” for additional discussion of the assumptions and risk factors associated with the statements in this press release.
About Polar Racking
Founded in 2009 with offices in Ontario, Alberta and the US, Polar Racking is a North American leader in PV mounting with a strong market share, specializing in commercial and utility-scale ground-mount, single-axis tracker, and carport solutions. With over 3 GW of PV mounting systems installed in North America, Polar Racking is focused on developing innovative racking solutions that enable its clients to build and own systems at the lowest installed cost per kWh. To learn more about Polar Racking, please visit: www.polarracking.com.
About SolarBank Corporation
SolarBank Corporationis an independent renewable and clean energy project developer and owner focusing on distributed and community solar projects in Canada and the USA. The Company develops solar projects that sell electricity to utilities, commercial, industrial, municipal and residential off-takers. The Company maximizes returns via a diverse portfolio of projects across multiple leading solar markets including projects with utilities, host off-takers, community solar, and virtual net metering projects. The Company has a potential development pipeline of over one gigawatt and has developed renewable and clean energy projects with a combined capacity of over 70 megawatts built. To learn more about SolarBank, please visit www.solarbankcorp.com.
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