Burnaby, Canada, September 10, 2012, Schneider Electric has been selected by Sonnedix, a global solar independent power producer (IPP), 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, United States.
The 72 MW DC (60 MW AC) installation consists of two separate projects that will be installed for utility connection to the Puerto Rico Electrical Power Authority (PREPA): 1. Salinas (12 MW DC / 10 MW AC) in the southeast Municipality of Salinas; and 2. 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.
“Yarotek and Sonnedix are pleased to work with Schneider Electric on our first two projects in Puerto Rico, one of our core markets, and are looking forward to working with them on many more. Sonnedix strives to collaborate with premier world-class equipment suppliers and Engineering, Procurement, and Construction contractors to supply and execute its solar PV projects internationally,” said Andreas Mustad, CEO of Sonnedix.
“Yarotek and Sonnedix are fully committed to enabling Puerto Rico to become greener and less dependent on imported energy. Powered by Schneider Electric’s inverters, Oriana and Salinas will supply clean, reliable, and 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,” said Samy Esayag, CEO of Yarotek LLC.
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 industry-leading 98.5% CEC efficiency, an extended power factor range, and embedded grid interactive features such as low voltage ride through an active power control. In addition, the Conext Core XC inverters include innovative Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) algorithms to help maximize energy harvest in all conditions.
“We are very excited to have extended our relationship with Sonnedix to the Americas market, and glad to welcome Yarotek as a new customer,” said Rudy Wodrich, vice president, Schneider Electric Americas Solar Business. “After two years of internal product development and exhaustive testing and field trials, we have launched the Conext Core XC offer in selected markets. We have already experienced significant uptake in North America due to both the product’s innovative features and Schneider Electric’s complete electrical solution capabilities.”
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Sonnedix is an Independent Power Producer (IPP) focused on developing, constructing, acquiring and operating solar PV power plants, globally. Since inception in 2009, Sonnedix has quickly become a significant player in the global solar PV energy industry and as of July 2012 controls 18 solar PV power plants, encompassing 154 MW in 5 different countries including 72 MW in operation, 10 MW under construction, and 72 MW about to start construction. Additionally, Sonnedix is developing a strong pipeline, of approximately 600 MW, of high-quality projects in key markets in the Americas, Western Europe, Asia, and Africa. For more information, visit: www.sonnedix.com.
Based in Miami, Florida, Yarotek is a renewable energy company specialized in utility-scale solar power. Yarotek aims to expand the development of renewable energy projects in the Western Hemisphere. While focused primarily on utility-scale solar photovoltaic power, the company targets other high-growth and commercially viable clean-energy sectors like wind energy, waste-to-energy, and water treatment. Its primary markets are the southern USA and the Caribbean islands. For more information, visit: www.yarotek.com.
About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructures, Industries & Machine Manufacturers, Non-residential Buildings, Data Centers & Networks, and Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the company’s 130,000 plus employees achieved sales of about 31 billion US dollars (22.4 billion euros) in 2011, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.
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