Manhard provided full site design services for a solar array on a 53-acre parcel containing an elementary school and a middle school.  Challenges included limited buildable area due to wetlands, floodplain, tree conservation and shading. Manhard started with a conceptual array layout plan, accounting for shading, topography, access/circulation and natural resource constraints to help validate production estimates. Manhard then provided full civil engineering design, landscape architecture, zoning/entitlement assistance and permit management for the project.

Concerns about obstructed views from residential neighbors.  were tackled by Manhard’s civil engineering and landscape architecture teams who came up with a solution utilizing native landscaping and fencing to properly screen the view from neighbors.  We brought our 2D design to life with a 3D rendering to ultimately pacify the concern and allow the project to receive zoning approval.

Manhard provided additional services including electrical utility layout and coordination, topographic and boundary survey, natural resources consulting and acted as the main client representative in permitting with the school district zoning, engineering, building, fire and transportation departments.