One of the largest distributed commercial solar retrofit projects in California required creative planning, design and logistics. In April, Sacramento-based HMH Builders completed the first of 15 1 MW photovoltaic additions to health provider Kaiser Permanente buildings up and down the state as part of an Engineering, Procurement and Construction agreement with San Francisco-based solar developer Recurrent Energy. Because the first application was on the 400,000-sq-ft rooftop of a regional distribution center in windy Livermore where gusts can reach 115 mph, HMH switched from a planned ballasted design that used weights to anchor photovoltaic trays to a connected system. Steel
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