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.
For over 20 years, Windsor Road remained an “incomplete street”. Windsor High students were forced into and across the heavily-trafficked road to reach school. GVCE filled the gaps, creating safety, convenience, and comfort... The traffic improvements made by the Town of Windsor in front of Windsor High has provided families with more drop-off/pick-up convenience in front of the school... We only hear praise from families and students for all of the road improvements!Marc Elin, WHS Principal