Terrasmart Solar Carport for Chicago’s Largest Rooftop Solar System

Terrasmart, the renewable energy arm of Gibraltar Industries, has supplied its racking system for Chicago’s largest commercial solar installation. The rooftop solar installations and carport combined produce 213 kilowatts of solar power generation capacity for the Chicago Urban League, one of the nation’s oldest urban advocacy organizations for the advancement of African-Americans. Americans. The system represents the League’s commitment to bringing clean, renewable energy to the community on Chicago’s South Side. Terrasmart supplied the fixed-tilt shelving system for the two surface canopies that make up the 162 KW solar carport. Fully customizable with multiple structural and geometric design options, the Terrasmart carport generates solar power while providing shade for Chicago Urban League visitors. Renewable Energy Evolution LLC developed, designed and installed the system.

“We are excited about what this means for environmental justice in our communities in Chicago,” says project manager Andrew Wells, vice president of the Chicago Urban League’s Workforce Development Center. “Our project brings greater awareness, inclusion and access to the clean energy economy for residents of the South Side.”

The solar system underscores the Chicago Urban League’s commitment to advancing community access to renewable energy. In 2017, the League launched two solar installation and PV sales training programs through its Workforce Development Center program with solar incentives from Illinois For All. Its annual cohort of 75 interns has access to renewable energy career fairs, hosted in partnership with organizations including the Illinois Solar Energy Association, Solar Energy Industries Association, and Coalition for Community Solar Access.

“We are honored to have played a part in such a monumental project,” says Terrasmart President Ed McKiernan. “Not only is this the largest commercial photovoltaic installation in the city of Chicago, but it is an important step in providing more equitable access to the solar economy. Terrasmart is proud to have partnered with the Chicago Urban League and Renewable Energy Evolution.

“Terrasmart has gone beyond this landmark project,” says Brian Maillet, founder and CEO of Renewable Energy Evolution. “Their assistance in the engineering, design, permitting and implementation of the city’s largest solar shelter system was critical to the success of the project.”

Wells and his team are adding two electric vehicle charging stations to the current system. It also plans a new community solar farm to serve tenants who wish to reduce their electricity bills.

About Terrasmart

Terrasmart, the renewable energy portfolio of Gibraltar Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROCK), is a leading provider of solar racking technology, system power balance products, installation services and optimization software of project. Serving commercial and utility sectors across North America, Terrasmart integrates products and solutions throughout the PV lifecycle to minimize risk and maximize returns. With over 19 GW of solar power deployed across 4600 PV systems, Terrasmart is creating unique value for more cost-effective solar power everywhere. For more information, visit www.terrasmart.com .

About Gibraltar

Gibraltar is a leading manufacturer and supplier of products and services for the renewable energy, residential, agtech and infrastructure markets. Our goal of improving the lives of people and the planet is fueled by advancing the disciplines of engineering, science and technology. Gibraltar innovates to shape critical markets for comfortable living, sustainable energy and productive growth across North America. For more information visit www.gibraltar1.com external link.

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Arline J. Mercier