PV Powered Inverters Selected for 5-MW Oregon Solar PV Project

Inverter manufacturer, PV Powered announced that its PowerVault DC-to-medium voltage turnkey inverter platform has been selected for use in one of the Northwest’s largest utility-scale solar PV projects to date.

The project is being developed in near Christmas Valley, Oregon by the Obsidian Finance Group, which will manage the project under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with an unnamed utility. The first 5 MW project will begin installation in April with additional 5 MW projects to follow in 2010. Engineering procurement and construction are being handled by Swinerton Inc.

“Swinerton Green is excited to work with PV Powered inverters on the Obsidian Projects,” said George Hershman, vice president and division manger of Swinerton’s Renewable Energy Group. “Their commitment to long-term reliability and customer service mirror our core values. We expect this to be a very successful project for all stakeholders, the local community, and the environment.”

The ground mount solar installation will use PV Powered’s new PowerVault. PowerVault is a fully engineered and factory assembled turnkey inverter power plant with DC inputs on one side and medium voltage outputs on the other.

The company says the enclosure provides an ideal service environment and protection from vandalism, while the integrated design eliminates the need for separate pads, trenching and conduits between components, significantly reducing the need for field labor, saving money and accelerating the construction schedule.

“We would like to thank Obsidian for making a long-term commitment to PV Powered’s technology,” said Gregg Patterson, CEO at PV Powered. “As a result of our commitment to reliability engineering, we have produced a fleet of inverters that has been delivering 99% uptime. And we have been working continuously under the auspices of the US Government-funded SEGIS program to improve the economics and resolve the technical issues associated with bringing utility-scale solar power onto the grid.”

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