Petra Starts Shipping PV Panels for PSE&G

Solar photovoltaic (PV) modules embedded with power management and communications systems began rolling out of Petra Solar’s headquarters and manufacturing plant in South Plainfield, New Jersey last week.

Taking the shipments is PSEG, the state’s largest utility, which recently entered into a contract with Petra Solar, valued at US $200 million. Under the contract, Petra Solar is set to deliver approximately 200,000 SunWave PV units for installation by PSEG plans for installation on poles in its service territory, which includes the state’s six largest cities and some 300 rural and suburban communities.

Petra Solar will ship 150 solar units this week, following an initial delivery of 50 units last week. It continues to gear up to fulfill its contract, which calls for shipments to increase to 1,500 units per month by the end of the year.

“Petra Solar’s solar photovoltaic solutions enable utilities to maximize the value of their existing resources in innovative ways,” said Petra Solar President and CEO Shihab Kuran. “With Petra Solar’s SunWave technology, they use existing utility poles to host solar units, creating a distributed system of power generation throughout their service area.”

He noted that the SunWave systems not only turn the poles into solar generators but can also communicate with the electric grid and can offer smart grid capabilities. The systems can improve grid reliability through real-time communications between solar generators in the field and the utility control center.

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