Bergen County Parking Garage Solar Canopy
Paterson, NJ United States | 2011
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Typical rooftop solar structures are constructed of extruded aluminum materials. NorthGrid Solar has been developing a unique, elevated solar structure for rooftop applications. In designing a structure for the Metropolitan Tea Company project that was required to elevate and support solar panels over 30-40' spans, steel was determined to be a stronger and more cost effective solution. NorthGrid Solar opted for post-fabrication hot-dip galvanized finish instead of using pre-galvanized materials. Long-term exposure to the highly-variable urban Ontario climate mandated superior corrosion protection not only due to aesthetic reasons because of the high visibility above the roof, but also for structural reasons due to the use of thin 12 and 14 gauge roll-formed materials. Hundreds of feet of steel cable tray for electrical runs were supplied as hot-dip galvanized finish, as were the strut channel members used for mounting electrical enclosures. The finish remains durable through sometimes rough handling during shipping and construction, and is cost effective versus other corrosion-resistant materials such as aluminum or stainless steels.
Electrical, Utility & Communication
Toronto, ON Canada
Aesthetics, Coating Durability, Corrosion Performance, Ease of Specifying, Life-Cycle Cost, Prior HDG Experience, Quality of HDG, Sustainability, Turnaround Time
Trusses, posts, door frames, bridging and bracing ties, brackets, support legs, solar panel rails, electrical cable tray, strut channel and fittings
Metropolitan Tea Company
Commercial Roll Formed Products
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