18 September 2012
Schneider Electric has been selected by Sonnedix, a global solar independent power producer, and Yarotek, a developer of utility-scale renewable energy projects in the Americas, to supply 95 Conext Core XC 630 inverters for two solar power plants totaling 72 MW DC (60 MW AC) in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, US.
The 72 MW installation consists of two separate projects that will be installed for utility connection to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA): Salinas (12 MW DC / 10 MW AC) in the southeast Municipality of Salinas; and Oriana (60 MW DC / 50 MW AC) in the northwest Municipality of Isabela.
Both projects will be built, owned and operated by a joint venture between Yarotek and Sonnedix. All 95 Schneider Electric Conext XC 630 inverters were delivered to Puerto Rico in March 2012, and will be deployed in the field once construction begins later this year.
Oriana and Salinas will supply renewable energy sufficient to satisfy the annual electricity consumption of 14,000 households and offset the emission of 87,000 metric tons of CO2 per year, according Yarotek.
Sonnedix and Yarotek chose Schneider Electric’s Conext Core XC 630 inverters, which are one of the only products to meet the very stringent requirements set by PREPA. The Conext Core XC Series inverters are designed with 98.5% CEC efficiency, an extended power factor range, and embedded grid interactive features such as low voltage ride through and active power control. In addition, the Conext Core XC inverters include Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) algorithms to help maximize energy harvest in all conditions.