Solar installations gain from strategic alliance of Overland Contracting Inc. and Schletter Inc.
Overland Contracting Inc. (OCI), a wholly owned subsidiary of engineering and construction company Black & Veatch, announced recently it has formed a strategic alliance with Schletter Inc., an industry-leading provider of solar mounting systems, to address the growing market for high-quality solar photovoltaic (PV) installation projects.
Schletter produces ground mount and rooftop solar mounting systems used in utility, commercial and residential solar applications. The collaboration will combine Schletter’s production expertise with OCI’s deep engineering and construction experience to give clients a turnkey solution for large-scale solar photovoltaic deployments.
“Schletter is a recognized leader in providing the mounting systems that support the increasing use of solar technology to sustainably generate power,” said Tom Phillips, Vice President and Director of Renewable Energy at Black & Veatch. “Pairing their industry-leading racking solution with our reputation for the safe, effective and reliable construction of power projects will give our clients a significant advantage.”
Black & Veatch’s 2015 Strategic Directions: Electric Industry Report found that a large number of U.S. electric utilities believe that by 2020, up to 10 percent of all U.S. power generation will come from distributed generation, including solar photovoltaic – a rise from today’s 5 percent of total generation. That will further raise demand for solar panels and the mounting hardware and installation necessary for their deployment.
“We believe this partnership will greatly benefit our clients, particularly those in the utility scale sector,” said Dennis Brice, President and Chief Executive Officer of Schletter Inc. “With Black & Veatch’s reputation for employing world-class best practices in construction and Schletter’s reputation for manufacturing robust, high-quality ground mount systems, our customers will enjoy the benefits of an unparalleled, professional combination that will provide a best-in-class project completion cycle experience while complying with budgetary constraints.”