Solar is proving a competitive alternative large scale source of energy in the United States, with industrial solar farms becoming more common. This study assesses the topographic conditions at a site where construction of a large-scale solar project is planned. The site, dubbed Dodge 1, for the Russell Pacific Construction Services client JE Dunn, is a 1.327 MW DC project in Mantorville, MN. Prior to construction, elevation changes at the site must be assessed to enable the facilitation of proper planning. With civil survey topographic data, we use ArcGIS Pro to assess elevation changes under infrastructure supporting photovoltaic panels for the purpose of advising engineers, sales teams, clients, and construction crew on project planning. This study indicated that two main lengths of steel I-beam will be necessary to construct rows of solar panels at average slope over the existing terrain. The I-beams will need to be able to support infrastructure within a range of 5.5 ft – 7.5 ft above the ground. These findings are instrumental to ordering correct parts for assembly and serve as a useful graphic aid to RPCS engineers, sales personnel, field crew, and clients.
O'Neil, Cullen, "GIS analysis of terrain for solar array construction" (2018). Internship Reports (Restricted). 338.
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