Mark West Quarry Solar Panels
Project NameMark West Quarry Solar Panels
Project LocationMark West Quarry - Santa Rosa, CA
The Bodean Company – an aggregate and asphalt supplier located in Santa Rosa, California – acted upon its commitment to sustainability by installing a large solar panel system at its Mark West Quarry location. With 3,444 solar panels, this solar power project is the largest of its kind in the western United States and makes the BoDean Company the first of its kind in the world to go 100 percent solar at one of its quarry sites. Overall the system is capable of generating 1.165 megawatts of green electricity annually, and offsets the release of 18,440,521 pounds of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) per year – the equivalent of driving 2,494,595 miles in an average car.
Green Valley Consulting Engineers was retained by Stellar Energy to provide “very precise” construction staking for 864 Terrafix earth screws used to anchor the solar panel rack system to the steep quarry terrain. Because of the physically exhausting landscape and the need to stay ahead of a tight installation schedule, Green Valley decided to employ “quick stakes” which are lighter and faster to place – taking roughly 1/3 less time when compared with traditional “lath stakes.”Green Valley also employed our Trimble Robotic Total Station which maximized our crew’s efficiency and accuracy in the field.
“I want to extend our deep appreciation to Sean, Charlie, and Gene for their outstanding commitment, work ethic and the professional manner they continue to demonstrate on the Stony Point Road Widening Project and for the many hard nights that they have spent inspecting the paving operations. I also want to thank you for your support by adjusting your staffing commitments and maintaining inspection continuity despite the extended construction schedule. Green Valley has been a great partner with the City on this project, and we thank you!”Lori Urbanek, P.E. / Deputy Director at City of Santa Rosa Public Works