GameChange Solar has completed wind tunnel testing for the east-west configuration for all GameChange fixed-tilt products.
The completion of this study adds to the repertoire of wind loading information GameChange has amassed to facilitate its design of high-efficiency low-cost racking systems.
“The east-west configuration is an attractive option for clients in equatorial regions as well as where maximizing array density is important,” says Scott Van Pelt, vice president of engineering at GameChange Solar.
“Since the east and west planes of solar modules are backed up to each other, there are some significant savings from a wind loading standpoint and the wind tunnel study by CPP captures these,” he adds.
East-west facing solar arrays are comprised of two planes of modules, one facing east and one facing west, often backed up to each other to form a “tent” looking structure. These types of systems vary from the single plane of south-facing solar modules which most people think about when they think of a solar power plant.
CPP provides wind consulting services to architects, engineers and developers around the world.