Re-Deployable Commercial Solar Systems

There are many barriers for property owners who are considering adding commercial solar capabilities to their buildings. Barriers may include installation cost, installation time, debt financing, and structural integrity of the roof. To help combat these obstacles, solar installation providers are trying to find the best ways to reduce hurdles and make commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) more appealing.

For instance, a few companies around the globe are rolling out re-deployable solar “pods,” modular systems that can be set up in a fraction of the time compared to traditional solar installs.

One such company is Scatec Solar, a Norwegian developer specializing in emerging markets. Scatec has designed a 200-kilowatt (kW) containerized solar PV system. Crews can install about one megawatt (MW) per week in this fashion. According to Scatec, the most cost-effective lease contract would have a power-purchase agreement period around 10 years. However, for higher rates, this could be shortened to as little as two years. Once the period is up, the panels can be removed and deployed elsewhere.

Another example involves the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), which has announced funding for an Australian startup, Solpod. As part of their re-deployable solar strategy, Solpod will run a trial of re-deployable systems at 25 sites for a total of 2.5 MW. Additionally, Solpod’s racking system is fixed to the roof with an industrial-strength adhesive, eliminating the need to make rooftop penetrations or to install heavy ballast blocks on the roof.

Re-deployable commercial solar system on business rooftop
Re-Deployable Commercial Solar System on Rooftop
Photo Credit: Solpod

Potentially, this design could sway a concerned building owner’s perspective, especially if the roof needs replaced in a few years or if they plan to move locations. Solpod’s product can even be chartered for a period to match a business’ lease, if renting their space.

So what does this mean for the future of solar? Simply put, these modular, re-deployable solar systems could be a groundbreaking install method for commercial properties everywhere.

Melink Partners with Equity Industrial Partners Corp. to Utilize Extra Space for Solar Facility


INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – September 15, 2014 – Melink Corporation recently developed and installed the largest rooftop solar PV system in the Midwest on property owned by Equity Industrial Partners Corp. (EIP). The system is estimated to produce more than 4.1 million kWh annually. This system, composed of 12,264 modules on approximately 600,000 square feet of rooftop space, was installed on a new mechanically fastened roof on Rockville road. Power began flowing on August 19, 2014.

The system supports EIP’s initiatives to be a good environmental steward. The solar facility will be connected to Indianapolis Power & Light Company’s (IPL) distribution system, making it part of the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) program for an investor-owned utility in the Midwest. The energy produced equates to providing electricity to power 360 average American homes per year and removing over 2,722 metric tons of CO2 from the atmosphere each year.

“This solar array is the perfect application for almost 14 acres of rooftop area that would otherwise provide no additional use”, said Donald Levine, Principal at EIP. “Equity
Industrial Partners is extremely pleased to be a participant in IPL’s Rate REP and by the exemplary fashion in which our EPC partner, Melink, executed the installation of this PV project.”

Cincinnati-based Melink was the developer of the project and performed the engineering, procurement, and construction services. Melink’s financing partners include U.S. Bancorp and Union Bank & Trust.

“Melink is very excited and proud to be the project developer and EPC of the largest rooftop solar PV array in the Midwest, and to be partnering with Equity Industrial Partners and Indianapolis Power & Light Company to expand solar generation in the Midwest,” said Steve Melink, President of Melink Corporation.

About Equity Industrial Partners

Equity Industrial Partners (EIP) is a privately held developer and operator of industrial warehouse and distribution facilities throughout the United States. Since the firm’s inception in 1995, EIP has acquired and developed over 50 million square feet of industrial property and is responsible for in excess of $1.5 billion in property investments. Please visit

About Melink Corporation

Melink provides energy savings for their customers through HVAC commissioning services, demand ventilation controls for commercial kitchens, and solar power projects. In effort to mainstream the value of environmental sustainability, Melink operates in a LEED Platinum and Net Zero Energy office building, making it the greenest building in Ohio. Please visit

Aerial view of Equity rooftop with solar panels


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