At Alion Energy, we designed a better process that can build utility scale PV projects twice as fast and with less than half the labor.
Leveraging established construction techniques, Alion Energy uses extruded concrete rails to replace metal posts, racks and cable trenches found in conventional installations.
Automatically deposited, powerful adhesives replace all bolts and clips.
ROVER, our robotic installation vehicle, replaces manual labor for rack assembly and panel placement. ROVER works continuously, using a fraction of the labor, while increasing speed and quality.
A world-class management team, which has built over 500 MW of utility scale solar worldwide with industry leading companies, ensures our projects are best in class.
Alion Energy elevates the nature of solar installations:
- Our construction materials last longer and have a similar carbon footprint to typical materials.
- Our technology eliminates low-skilled tasks including ditch-digging, bolt-tightening and hauling heavy glass over uneven ground.
- Our teams are comprised of experienced electricians, involve local concrete companies and create positions for skilled machine operators and robot technicians.
From installation to energy generation, Alion Energy is accelerating every aspect of solar.
Factoring in some panel performance loss has become an acceptable part of utility scale solar systems. It shouldn’t be.
While regular maintenance for inverters, wiring and other components ensure high plant availability, cost-effective cleanings for solar panels ensure the best energy output for systems. This is especially true at sites with high soiling seen in deserts and agricultural areas.
SPOT – the first, cost-effective robotic cleaning solution – provides simple and automated solar hygiene to prevent double-digit performance loss due to soiling.
SPOT is programmable to wash panels daily, weekly or at any interval and can be activated from a computer, tablet or smart phone.
SPOT can also be used to manage overgrown vegetation. Through equipping SPOT with customized shears, SPOT can trim vegetation that can cast shadows on panels.
The typical installation process for utility scale projects is labor-intensive, long and prone to logistical and quality problems. Despite incremental improvements, the installation process is fundamentally flawed because it relies on components largely designed for small, residential roof systems. While these flaws are minor within a 20 panel system, they can create major problems for 20,000 panel systems.