Xantrex Supplying Inverters for Nellis Air Force Base PV Installation

Xantrex Technology Inc. announced yesterday it received a $3.6 million order to supply solar inverters for the 15 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) system at Nellis Air Force Base (AFB) in Nevada.

Xantrex Grid Tie (GT) 250 kW inverters will be integrated into the Nellis AFB solar PV system, which is expected to generate in excess of 25 million kilowatt-hours of clean electricity annually and supply more than 25 percent of the power used at the base.

Xantrex will serve as the sole supplier to the primary contractor, SunPower Corporation’s Systems subsidiary. The GT 250 is Xantrex’s latest North American commercial three phase solar inverter. The new line of three phase solar inverters features best-in-class California Energy Commission (CEC) efficiency of 96 percent and optimized energy harvest.

The ground-mounted solar system at Nellis AFB will use an advanced tracking system for its 70,000 solar electric panels to follow the sun and maximize energy harvest.

“The Nellis AFB solar project, which is the largest solar PV system in North America so far, confirms that renewable energy is getting traction among diverse customers including the U.S. government,” said Mossadiq S. Umedaly, Xantrex chairman. “Such large-scale adoption of solar power is demonstrating a path to a sustainable future. We are pleased that, together with our partner, SunPower, we are able to offer the best solar power solutions to the world.”

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