PVTIME – Sungrow, the global leading inverter solution supplier for renewables, announced that the 200 MW utility-scale Wright Solar project, utilizing Sungrow SG2500U-MV turnkey inverter solutions, has been operational since early this year in California’s Central Valley, making another milestone for the Company’s continued commitment to utility-scale segment in the North American solar market. Notably, the project is California’s largest solar installation built exclusively for a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) agency.
The Central Valley is home to many California solar plants due to the ample sunshine and abundant flat land. The plant is expected to power more than 100,000 San Mateo County homes per year utilizing the 1500 Vdc turnkey solution SG2500U-MV.
Featuring an integration of the 2.5 MW central inverter, MV transformer and LV auxiliary power in a 20-ft container, the solution enables simplified transportation and installation as well as quick O&M. Due to the smart forced air-cooling technology, the product can work stably without derating even if it’s up to 50 degrees Celsius, being an ideal match given the high temperatures in the summer months. Developed for large-scale flat ground plants, the solution also characterizes a high DC/AC ratio and is compatible with bifacial modules and tracking systems, enabling high yields, which is recognized widely in the region.
The solar facility is being developed by Clēnera and constructed by Swinerton Renewable Energy with union labor hired from the surrounding areas. “Sungrow has delivered high-performing products and reliable service on a number of prominent and successful projects throughout the country. We look forward to continued cooperation as we work toward building a stronger economy and more sustainable future through solar,” said George Hershman, President of Swinerton Renewable Energy.
Clēnera’s Vice President of Operations, Michael Gallego said, “Our Sungrow inverters continue to provide reliable energy throughout the Clēnera portfolio of operating solar facilities. Ontime deliveries, speed of commissioning, and prompt service have made them a preferred partner for our growing list of assets.”
Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) is the power purchaser of the project. “This is a huge step for PCE and our customers. The Wright Solar project moves us toward our goal of providing all customers with 100 percent renewable power by 2025,” said CEO Jan Pepper, in a press release.
“Sungrow is always in the pursuit of technical innovations and establishing itself as a comprehensive service platform to pave the way for growing decarbonized economics,” said Hank Wang, President of Sungrow Americas.
Since entering the U.S. market in early 2010s, Sungrow continues to make big moves with inverters installed in landmark projects, in particular the largest projects in Washington State and Wyoming as well as the 200 MW Techren Ⅱ solar project in Nevada. The division shipped over 3 GW across the Americas in 2019.