Western Michigan University goes solar!

West Sacramento, CA – Developers integrate Mounting Systems’ Sigma I Steel Ground Mount into the 1 MW Project. After installers drove the last pile and mounted the last panel, Consumers Energy can finally celebrate the completion of a 1 MW solar project on the grounds of Western Michigan University’s (WMU) College of Engineering and Applied Sciences campus in Kalamazoo, MI. This photovoltaic development is part of Consumers Energy's community Solar Garden program to harvest clean solar energy, which has also been recently implemented at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI. These Solar Gardens provide an opportunity for students to learn about the benefits of solar and our environmental impact on the community.

Consumers Energy worked with WMU to construct this project, which spans across nearly 10 acres. They also collaborated with Mounting Systems' project managers to support the PV array with patented Sigma I Steel ground mounts. These ground mounts utilize a new, proprietary cold-rolled steel with Clickstone technology for speed and ease of installation. With ISO-9001 and UL 2703 certification, contractors could depend on the efficiency and reliability of ground mount installations through Mounting System’s services.

WMU is the second largest high-profile project to capitalize on Sigma I Steel ground mounts, following Grand Valley State University who used the ground mounts for their 3 MW solar array. Mounting Systems and Consumers Energy are excited to contribute to Michigan's large-scale utility 2/2 developments, especially over a relatively short amount of time.

“The Sigma I Steel mounting system utilizes advanced technologies in steel coating as well as the most innovative techniques in racking pre-assembly,” said Holger Giebel, CEO of Mounting Systems, Inc. “This results in a highly durable, long-lasting product that is both easy to install and extremely cost effective.”

With over 8 GW projects internationally and 22 years of experience, Mounting Systems is proud to contribute to another successful and economical improvement towards solar development.


Brandy Diana Kay


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