PV Powered, Inc. announces that its commercial inverters are being installed in a new 2.4 MW project in Portland, Ore., the largest rooftop solar project in the Pacific Northwest. The project will cover approx. 900,000 sf with innovative thin-film solar panels from Advanced Green Technologies.
Bend, ORE. - March 12, 2010 - PV Powered, Inc., the innovation leader in solar inverter reliability, performance, and serviceability, announces that its commercial inverters are being installed in a new 2.4 MW project in Portland, Ore., the largest rooftop solar project in the Pacific Northwest. The project, which will be managed by a joint venture between Portland General Electric (PGE) and U.S. Bank, will cover approximately 900,000 square feet on the rooftops of seven ProLogis distribution warehouses in the Portland area with innovative thin-film solar panels. The solar modules were provided by Advanced Green Technologies, a worldwide supplier of innovative solar solutions for utility scale, industrial, commercial and residential installations.
"We're actively looking for ways to increase our solar energy resources in the Portland area, and the fact that we can build systems with a home-grown Oregon inverter technology is an extra benefit," said Mark Osborn, distributed resources manager at PGE. "But it is also critical that the system components perform and that they are designed to reduce maintenance costs, since we need to support our customers economically over the long haul. In that regard, PV Powered has proven to be a valuable technology partner."
PV Powered's commercial solar inverters, including the PVP 100kW and PVP 260kW being installed in the ProLogis project, are designed with fewer components than other commercial inverters, and use the best quality components available. Both factors contribute to decreased downtime for maintenance and longer operating life.
"PV Powered's utility-scale inverters are designed to maximize energy harvest using the latest in thin film commercial array technologies," said Erick Petersen, PV Powered's vice president of marketing and sales. "In addition to high performance, delivering maximum long-term reliability is also key as solar power becomes a mainstream alternative power source."
"Advanced Green Technologies has partnered with PV Powered to provide highly reliable inverters for our FlexLight thin-film photovoltaic systems," stated Michael Kornahrens, president of Advanced Green Technologies. "These inverters are proven to be best in class in terms of efficiency and are UL Certified."
The energy generated by this project will help PGE meet its commitment to providing 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. Already heavily involved in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Energy Grid Integration System (SEGIS) program, where PGE is on a team of industry leaders led by PV Powered, the utility sees the ProLogis installation as contributing experience toward its SEGIS program goal of developing innovative methods for managing and controlling distributed energy resources including solar.
About PV Powered
PV Powered is the innovation leader for grid-tied PV inverters in the residential, commercial and utility markets, setting the industry standard for innovation in reliability and efficiency. Founded in Bend, Oregon in 2003 and privately owned, the company brings together one of the most experienced design teams in solar power electronics. PV Powered was recently selected to receive a Stage 2 award under the Solar Energy Grid Integration System (SEGIS) program by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The company is leading a team of recognized distributed energy and smart grid partners in developing innovations that increase energy harvest, reduce the cost of PV systems, and remove barriers to high levels of PV grid penetration. For more information on the company, visit www.pvpowered.com.
Portland General Electric, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a fully integrated electric utility that serves more than 818,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon. Visit the PGE web site at www.PortlandGeneral.com.
ProLogis is a leading global provider of distribution facilities, with more than 475 million square feet of industrial space (44 million square meters) in markets across North America, Europe and Asia. The company leases its industrial facilities to more than 4,400 customers, including manufacturers, retailers, transportation companies, third-party logistics providers and other enterprises with large-scale distribution needs. For additional information about the company, go to www.prologis.com.
About Advanced Green Technologies
Advanced Green Technologies, an innovative renewable energy solutions provider, procures building-integrated renewable energy products. As a leading source for solar photovoltaic systems, AGT provides the products, designs, and support for installations of the most advanced, cost effective, and efficient green solutions for customers. Services include product selection based on building/site analysis, purchasing scale to drive down system price, system design and engineering, warranty integration, quality control, system maintenance, and output monitoring. For more information on Advanced Green Technologies, visit www.AGT.com.