Manchester, N.H. — The first New Hampshire solar carport installed by ReVision Energy in downtown Manchester is now operational. The carport is located on the top floor of a new, six-story parking garage, across the street from the Hilton Garden Inn and Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, home of Minor League Baseball’s New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
Harvey Construction served as the general contractor on the $34 million parking garage project, officially known as the Millyard Parking Garage. The facility provides nearly 1,700 free parking spaces for Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) employees.
For the time being, use of the garage is limited to SNHU employees during business hours. The garage is expected to be open to the public in the future during non-business hours, though pricing and other considerations are yet to be finalized.
The 44.8-kilowatt carport provides a portion of the electricity used within the parking facility and offers shade for up to eight vehicles. Quest Renewables designed, engineered, and fabricated the QuadPod double cantilever system for the solar carport. REC manufactured the 130 solar panels installed on the truss.
The carport truss required just five days to construct and erect, including the mounting of the inverters, solar panels, and direct current wiring. The QuadPod system was assembled adjacent to the garage at ground level, significantly limiting the amount of work and equipment needed on the deck itself.
“This project showed both the robustness and value of the QuadPod system. The system is on the top floor of the garage, where you have to design for a snow load of 60 pounds per square foot,” said Will Arnold, Vice President of Sales and Products at Quest Renewables.
“This particular garage only allows for lightweight scissor lifts and forklifts, conditions that would typically present large barriers to steel construction. To see the structure built in five days, including only one crane day, is a testament to the continued evolution of our product and to the ReVision Energy team,” Arnold added. “Their people are truly top-notch professionals dedicated to delivering high-quality systems.”