New Solectria Inverter for Evergreen Solar Project

Evergreen Solar recently completed the installation of a solar photovoltaic (PV) array on their company facilities in Marlboro, Massachusetts. Evergreen Solar, of course, provided the PV, while Conservation Services Group (CSG) helped with engineering and installation. Woburn Massachusetts-based Solectria provided an inverter for the project – one of the first major demonstrations of Solectria’s new grid-connected inverter.

Marlboro, Massachusetts – September 13, 2004 [] “Evergreen sees the commercial grid-tied PV market as an important element of our market strategy,” said Terry Bailey, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Evergreen. “We were pleased to have this opportunity to try out the new PVI13KW since it was such good match for this system.” The project acts as a showcase for Solectria’s new solar PV inverter which the company released over the summer. A Solectria PVI13KW inverter converts the DC energy produced by the Evergreen solar panels into electricity, feeding it directly into the building’s AC electrical system. Solectria specializes in the development and manufacturing of a wide range of components for electric, hybrid, and fuel cell vehicles, and for the distributed generation of electric power. The PVI13KW includes both a DC disconnect and a fused AC disconnect, an AC contactor for zero Watt standby loss, an optional built-in 7-fuse PV combiner, a premium efficiency transformer and filter, and a DSP-controlled, trench-gate IGBT inverter core. The unit is fully assembled and tested at Solectria, an ISO 9001:2000 certified manufacturer. It is delivered as a single unit with nothing to connect, assemble, mount or wire other than PV leads and AC connection to the facility’s AC circuit panel. “We were pleased to be chosen to be the designer and contractor for the new system for Evergreen,” said Dan Porrazzo, Project Manager for CSG. “It is an honor to be selected by a PV manufacturer to install a PV system on its own building.”
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