Schneider Electric PV Boxes selected for SunPeak Solar 23 MW power plant in California

Schneider Electric has been selected by SunPeak Solar, LLC, a privately-owned solar energy project developer, to supply 25 solar power conversion substations (known as a PV Box) for the 23 MW IVSC-1 solar power plant in Niland, California.

Schneider Electric has been selected by SunPeak Solar, LLC, a privately-owned solar energy project developer, to supply 25 solar power conversion substations (known as a PV Box) for the 23 MW IVSC-1 solar power plant in Niland, California.

The Schneider Electric PV Box is a pre-wired equipment package specifically designed to meet the demands of large-scale, grid-tied solar farms and large commercial installations in any region of the world, even in the harshest environments.

Schneider Electric will supply 25 PV Boxes with transformers, inverters and combiner boxes in concrete enclosures: 21 of a 1 MW PV Box and 4 of a 0.5 MW PV Box.

Each PV Box will contain Schneider Electric's GT500-MVX Grid Tie Solar Inverters that provide industry-leading efficiency and reliability in a 600 Vdc UL approved platform. With over 250 MW deployed in North America, the GT500-MVX has been the inverter of choice for more utility scale projects than any other over the past three years. In addition, each PV Box is equipped with the Modbus communication option using fiber optic connection, DC re-combiner boxes with current monitoring and Square D liquid-filled pad mount transformers to step up to medium voltage. All of this is housed in a concrete shelter with climate control and a Square D Mini Power Zone loadcenter and auxiliary power transformer.

The 23 MW IVSC-1 project will be one of the largest single-site photovoltaic projects in California. Located next to the Imperial Irrigation District's Niland electric substation and natural gas turbine facilities, the IVSC-1 project will support California's requirement for electricity service providers to supply 33% of retail electricity sales through renewable sources by the end of 2020. The plant will be able to generate enough power for approximately 14,000 homes in Imperial County and parts of Riverside and San Diego counties.

"We are proud to be part of this project with SunPeak Solar, and to once again demonstrate that Schneider Electric's expertise and our customizable PV Box offers a complete solar solution to help customers make the most of their energy," said Rudy Wodrich, Commercial Vice President Americas, Schneider Electric Renewable Energies Business. "Our customers can be confident that as a bankable, global company in business for the past 175 years, we will be available to offer support for the over 25-year lifespan of the solar project."

About SunPeak Solar
SunPeak Solar, LLC is a privately-held solar energy project developer and asset manager with extensive experience in the development, financing, construction and operation of renewable energy projects. SunPeak is focused exclusively on providing utility clientele with custom-tailored solar energy solutions.

About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centres/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, and efficient, the company's 110,000 plus employees achieved sales of 19.6 billion euros in 2010, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations "Make the most of their energy."

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