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Press Release: Dec. 16, 2009
PV Powered Inverters Selected for 525kW Patriot Place Project
Bend, OR—PV Powered, Inc., the innovation leader in solar inverter reliability, performance, installability, and serviceability, announces that its commercial solar inverters have been selected for use in a 525kW solar installation at Patriot Place Mall, the 1.3-million-square-foot entertainment, retail, and dining destination adjacent to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.
The PV Powered commercial inverter units at this ½ MW site are being interfaced with rooftop solar panels on seven different buildings in the mall, including the Hall at Patriot Place Presented by Raytheon. The system is expected to generate more than 12 million kilowatt hours of electricity over 20 years, preventing the release of more than 8,800 metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. That is the equivalent of removing more than 1,600 passenger vehicles from the road for a year. The installation is owned and managed by Constellation Energy’s Projects and Services Group of Baltimore, Maryland under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Patriot Place.
“We need to install inverter technology that has been engineered for high reliability over the long term,” said Ron Melchior, Constellation Energy’s Director of Renewable Energy Projects. “PV Powered showed us the reliability data and this, combined with their competitive price, standard 10-year warranty and optional 20-year warranty, put them at the head of the pack for this project. In addition, the company’s commitment to responsive service made us comfortable with them as a technology partner.”
The Patriot Place project is the first of several commercial solar installations in which Constellation Energy plans to use PV Powered inverters. For all of these installations PV Powered is integrating a performance monitoring solution from a third-party partner on the commercial inverters at the factory so that Constellation can verify that maximum energy is being delivered and track the returns on its investment. “We were really pleased that PV Powered provided us the choice of integrated performance monitoring as it will simplify site installation,” said Ron Melchior.
“PV Powered ensures that our customers get maximum energy harvest by delivering an inverter with the highest reliability and the longest operating life,” said Erick Petersen, VP of Marketing and Sales at PV Powered. “With an uptime that exceeds 99.9%, PV Powered commercial inverters promise game-changing performance season after season. The Patriot Place project will be a very visible example that our product solutions for reliable large-scale commercial solar projects are economically-viable over the long haul.”
About PV Powered
PV Powered is the innovation leader for grid-tied PV inverters in the residential, commercial and utility markets, setting the industry standard for innovation in reliability and efficiency. Founded in Bend, Oregon in 2003 and privately owned, the company brings together one of the most experienced design teams in solar power electronics. PV Powered was recently selected to receive a Stage 2 award under the Solar Energy Grid Integration System (SEGIS) program by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The company is leading a team of recognized distributed energy and smart grid partners in developing innovations that increase energy harvest, reduce the cost of PV systems, and remove barriers to high levels of PV grid penetration.
For more information on the company, visit www.pvpowered.com.
About Constellation Energy’s Projects & Services Group
Constellation Energy's Projects & Services Group (www.ceprojects.com) is the energy services arm of Constellation Energy (NYSE: CEG), a leading supplier of energy products and services to wholesale and retail electric and natural gas customers. Serving business and institutional customers nationwide, Constellation Energy's Projects & Services Group specializes in financial and environmental solutions that can significantly reduce energy consumption and costs. Constellation Energy's Projects & Services Group delivers the technical expertise to develop large scale energy projects, such as solar, biomass and geothermal projects, and on- or off-site power generation systems. The company also designs and implements full energy system retrofits that save energy and reduce harmful emissions.