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Advanced Green Technologies Purchases New Facility In Tampa

Advanced Green Technologies Purchases New Facility in Tampa, Florida

With the demand for commercial solar panel installations in the Tampa Bay Area at an all-time high, Advanced Green Technologies invests in a new 32,000 SF facility to help support growth, adding new high in-demand jobs

TAMPA, Fla. – Advanced Green Technologies and Advanced Roofing, Florida’s top-ranked commercial solar and re-roofing contractor, is expanding Florida West Coast operations with the purchase of its new facilities. To stay ahead of the growing demand for roofing and solar installations, the contractor acquired a 32,000-square-foot industrial building close to Tampa International Airport that allows it to grow roofing and solar manufacturing capabilities.

Fort Lauderdale-based Advanced Green Technologies (AGT) and sister company Advanced Roofing established a Tampa presence in 2015, buying roofing contractor Roth Bros. of Florida. Since then, the contractor has added more than 40 jobs, bringing Tampa staff to over 70 roofing and solar employees.

“We’re investing in Tampa Bay’s economy and community for the long term,” said CEO Rob Kornahrens. With both companies in the new facility, Advanced Roofing is hiring for wide-ranging jobs in its commercial roofing and solar energy divisions. “Making this commitment gives clients confidence we’ll be here for them and streamlines operations for our pipeline of major projects,” Kornahrens added. “With the height of hurricane season just ahead, we have a large capacity and experience to help Tampa Bay commercial properties prepare for and recover from storms the season may bring.”

AGT’s and Advanced Roofing’s business on Florida’s West Coast has grown steadily. Recent projects have included major government, corporate, and educational facilities. AGT is currently building over $12 million dollars worth of solar contracts in the Tampa area alone, with clients including Fortune 500 banking institutions, large private-sector manufacturers, and government agencies. One of AGT’s largest projects in the Tampa area was a $5 million solar carport project for Lockheed Martin in Oldsmar in which AGT manufactured and installed the steel-mounting components for the project.

“Great people who want to keep learning and moving ahead in their careers are the lifeblood of our company, and we’re actively recruiting in Tampa Bay,” Kornahrens said. The new location is a $2.4 million industrial building on 7.14 acres at 4904 West Knollwood Street. Advanced Roofing and AGT relocated this spring from a 3,427-square-foot facility at 8507 W. Sunstate Street, Tampa.

Recognized nationally for a strong commitment to workforce development and creating an opportunity for employees’ career growth, Advanced Roofing and AGT take a nontraditional approach that includes recruiting and providing fast-track training for military veterans and women, as well as foreign workers who are in the U.S. legally under Temporary Protected Status or H2B Visa programs. The company also spearheaded the creation of the Florida Registered Roofing Apprenticeship Program in 2015 with the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) in South Florida and that program expanded into the Tampa area in 2019. The three-year work/study apprenticeship program can lead to a career-making $50,000 or more yearly, without taking on any educational debt. “

AGT Selected to Construct Florida’s Largest Privately Held Solar Array

Advanced Green Technologies Selected by Lockheed Martin to build Florida’s Largest Privately Held Solar Energy Array

Lockheed Martin contracted Advanced Roofing and Advanced Green Technologies to design and build a massive 2.25 megawatt solar carport at the global security and aerospace company’s Mission Systems and Training facility in Clearwater, Florida. The project will be the largest private, non-utility owned solar array in Florida and is expected to produce 3.33 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year.

The solar carport will cover 151, 400 square feet of the facility’s parking lot with 7,260 solar modules to provide shade for 534 cars. At completion, the project is expected to cut electricity purchases for the facility by up to 60 percent, according to Lockheed Martin’s estimates.

Advanced Roofing, Florida’s largest commercial solar contractor, competed with a field of national and Florida-based firms for the contract. The company will serve as general contractor, with sister firm Advanced Green Technologies providing construction and installation.

“Since the facility’s operations will be in full swing throughout the construction schedule, precise phasing will be crucial to expedite our work and minimize disruption at the site,” said Clint Sockman, Vice President of Advanced Roofing and Advanced Green Technologies. As the state’s largest commercial re-roofing contractor, Advanced Roofing will draw on its decades of experience with large, complex projects at operational corporate, federal, healthcare, education, manufacturing and retail facilities.

Construction of the fast-tracked, multi-phased project begins this month and will employ more than 40 workers on-site, with completion set for summer 2015. In addition to design, procurement and construction of the solar carport, Advanced Roofing’s contract includes resurfacing the entire 6.65-acre asphalt parking lot at the facility.

Advanced Roofing will first resurface half the parking lot, and then install the carport’s foundations and structural steel superstructure. The contractor’s crews will then install the solar panel canopy, using high- efficiency Hanwha SolarOne S-series modules, and will add the full under-canopy LED lighting system. The first phase will be in use as the second-phase parking lot work commences.

Throughout Florida and around the nation, offsetting energy costs with solar carports is a growing trend for corporate, healthcare, hotel and government facilities. A recent national study by GTM Research projected a 76 percent increase in solar carports from 2014’s estimated annual installed capacity of 180.2 megawatts to an estimated 318 megawatts in 2016.

To learn more about Advanced Green Technologies commercial solar carport solutions contact us today, 

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