The system includes 108 Evergreen Solar 110W PV modules in a 234-foot long array, a Solectria Renewables PVI13KW 3-phase inverter and a Solectria Renewables PVI1800 single-phase inverter.
Solectria Renewables announced today that it has completed the installation of a 12kW grid-tied PV system at its manufacturing facilities, becoming the first inverter manufacturer to be a net exporter of electricity into the grid.
The system includes 108 Evergreen Solar 110W PV modules in a 234-foot long array, a Solectria Renewables PVI13KW 3-phase inverter and a Solectria Renewables PVI1800 single-phase inverter. The system gives an opportunity for customers, vendors and other visitors to see both residential and commercial 3-phase inverters in operation in a real-world setting. It also serves as an orientation and training site for installers, where they can review a system in a comfortable setting. The PV system was installed with help of a grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.
Solectria Renewables factory is located in a 100-year old mill building at 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence, MA which has 450,000 square feet of rented space. Property manager Tom Parker said: "This is encouraging evidence of the technology for widespread commercial application where electric energy costs are soaring".
"It is great that our business is solar powered using our own products.", said Operations Manager, Aybike Doganci Crott, "It is a true example of a grid-tied PV System in operation, which allows us to test every inverter on a PV array as part of the production and testing process."
Solectria Renewables, LLC, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, is a leader in the development and manufacture of a wide range of inverters for renewable power applications including 1.8kW to 90kW grid tied PV inverters.