ProLogis starts solar panel test site in Denver
ProLogis, a global distribution facilities provider, has initiated a rooftop solar panel test site in Denver.
'As PV (photovoltaic) technologies evolve and new companies enter the market, it is critical that ProLogis understands the technology and installation differences to ensure we arrive at the optimal solutions for our installations at each building and location,' said Walt Rakowich, the company's chief executive officer, in a statement.
The test site totals 11 kilowatts DC of power generation capacity from 99 modules and eight module manufacturers: Ascent Solar, First Solar, GS-Solar, MiaSole, Solyndra, Suniva, United Solar Ovonic and Xunlight. The initial configuration provides side-by-side comparisons of several module technologies, including monocrystalline, glass-on-glass thin film and membrane-applied thin film modules.
ProLogis, in partnership with HatiCon Solar, has designed a new solar panel racking system especially for utility-scale rooftop solar installations.
ProLogis has solar projects installed or under construction on 32 buildings throughout France, Germany, Japan, Spain and the United States. The installations cover more than 10.6 million square feet of roof space and total 24.6 megawatts.
The company's Renewable Energy group was formed in 2009 to procure new business, manage installations and provide development services for renewable energy projects worldwide. ProLogis said it has more than 450 million square feet of roof space available for solar photovoltaic installations.