Xantrex Inverters Installed at 6 MW Thin Film Solar Plant in Germany

Xantrex Technology Inc. announced that its inverters have been installed and connected to the electrical grid by German system integrator juwi solar GmbH, for a 6-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic (PV) solar installation in Oberschuetz, Germany, northeast of Leipzig.

The “Rote Jahne” solar power plant, roughly the size of 11 soccer fields, produces approximately 6 MW of power and is currently the world’s largest PV project using 92,880 thin-film modules from First Solar, Inc. It is the seventh largest PV plant worldwide.

Eleven 500-kilowatt (kW) Xantrex GT500E inverters, specially designed to optimize the performance of thin-film technology, were installed to efficiently convert direct current (DC) power from solar modules into high-quality alternating current electricity (AC) for delivery to the electrical grid. The plant will produce approximately 5.7 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of solar electricity annually.

“Juwi is an important new European customer, positioning us for strong growth,” said John Wallace, Xantrex CEO. “Large-scale, cost effective projects using thin-film technology will make a significant contribution toward making solar electricity more competitive with other means of power generation.”

Juwi built the complete project as the general contractor and was provided with system components, including Xantrex GT500E inverters, by Xantrex partner Relatio Renewable Energies, to meet juwi’s requirement for a turnkey system. Commissioning of the system began in December 2006 and was completed in March 2007. The total investment was approximately 21 million Euros.
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