We are proud to announce the completion of the Dundas Community Solar Garden. It was great to have Knobelsdorff Electric represented at the ribbon cutting.
About the Dundas Project
The Dundas Community Solar Garden is a 5MW solar garden located in Minnesota’s Rice County. The garden has roughly 20,000 solar panels, which will provide local, clean energy to community members that choose to be a part of it. Our involvement on site started in October of last year and wrapped in February.
From the Project Manager
I took a moment to catch up with KEI’s Project Manager for the Dundas Community Solar Garden, Mike, and ask him to share a bit about the project.
“I’ve been a Project Manager for some time now, but this was my first time on a solar project, so it was all pretty interesting. Whenever I had any questions or needed anything, Karl was right there to help me out.
I was on-site from October 2017-February 2018 managing and coordinating all the pieces that go into putting in a solar garden. My crew did the electric work, and we installed and erected the glass modules. We put in the piles – those are the beams that go into the ground to hold the structure up – and we handled excavation and fencing, too. You got to have fencing with solar – once it’s up and running, it’s high voltage and it can be dangerous.
Over the course of the project, I had anywhere from 25-45 individual electricians on-site. Depending on what phase we were on, the numbers fluctuated. One of the best tips I have for managing a crew is to focus on learning people’s strengths and using that information to plan each coming day. It does take time to get to know individual crew members, but in my experience, it’s definitely worth the effort.”
Thank you, Mike, for sharing your experience with this project!