Ameridan, Inovateus & Schneider Open 1.1-MW PV System

Inovateus Solar, Schneider Electric and Ameridian Specialty Services developed The Dayton Power and Light Company’s (DP&L) new 1.1-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic array, which was officially opened this week.

Construction on the system started in December 2009, and the system began operating in late March 2010. The array is comprised of 9,120 Sharp thin-film solar modules set near its Yankee Substation in Washington Township, Ohio, and is one of the largest solar arrays in Ohio. The PV array uses Schletter racking and two Xantrex GT500E inverters.

The installation also includes an educational kiosk, to help students and other visitors learn about solar power and its benefits for the environment. The Yankee Solar Array will help DP&L meet the goals of Ohio’s energy legislation, which includes targets for generating 12.5% of the state’s electricity from renewable sources, and at least 0.5% from solar.

“By collaborating with technology, engineering and construction leaders –such as Schneider Electric, Miller Valentine, and module manufacturer Sharp– Inovateus Solar was able to help Ameridian and DP&L develop one of the finest utility-scale solar installations in the nation,” said Peter Rienks, engineer and project manager for Inovateus Solar.

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