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Drones are Labor-Saving Devices for one California Solar Developer

This was originally published on Solar Industry Magazine.  Not only are the drones labor-saving, they are reducing human risk, increasing overall quality, and reducing cost.  We applaud the team at CalCom Solar and hope you enjoy reading the article.


Labor-saving through drones

“CalCom Solar, a Visalia, Calif.-based engineering, procurement and construction firm for solar photovoltaic installations, is testing the waters of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and, in the process, seeing a slew of future applications.

Nic Stover, the company’s CEO, is no stranger to the technology: The final project of his Master’s degree program last year involved the applications of UAVs in agriculture, where there is a “tremendous need” for unmanned aircraft.

CalCom Solar, which specializes in developing solar projects on agricultural land, is in a nascent stage of using UAVs, he says. Operating a DJI Phantom 2, the company has captured – through both photo and video – aerial views of several completed solar projects, including a 1 MW ground-mounted array on a tomato farm in Firebaugh, Calif.

Solar racking systems company GameChange Racking recently shared a video of this installation – offering what it calls a “stunning” view of the project, featuring the company’s Pour-in-Place ballasted ground system.”

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