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  • One of France's Largest Solar Farms

    Specifications

    System Size
    18.2 MW
    Location
    Les Mées, France
    Solar Panel
    TRINA Solar Ground Mounted
    Inverter
    33 PowerGate Plus 500 kW inverters
    Mounting System
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    Utility-Ready Solution

    “Les Mées will be one of the largest solar energy projects of its kind in France, and as a result, we needed to partner with a market leader that could deliver superior results. Satcon’s innovative technology and expertise with utility-scale solar power production will help us achieve the highest level of performance and reliability required for these installations. We are pleased about our partnership with Satcon, and look forward to working together on this and future projects.”

    -- Steven De Tollenaere CEO Enfinity Group

    Satcon and Enfinity Partner to Deliver Clean Solar Power to Les Mées, France

    Satcon® and Enfinity, one of the world’s leading photovoltaic (PV) solar energy development companies, partnered together to install Satcon’s PowerGate® Plus 500 kW inverters for two power stations at one of France’s largest PV solar farms in Les Mées, Alpes-Haute-Provence. The site is on a rolling hillside—making for challenging topography—approximately one hour north of Marseilles, 800 meters above sea level at a spot that receives more sunlight than any other place on the French mainland. The picturesque location provided a beautiful setting for the PV plant but also created concerns for the environmental and visual impact that created additional challenges for Satcon to overcome. The two power stations will produce approximately 26,000,000,000 kilowatt hours of power annually, the energy production equivalent to supply over 9,000 families. They will also reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 9,200 tons annually.

  • China's Largest Ground Mount PV Plant

    Specifications

    System Size
    20 MW
    Location
    Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, P.R. China
    Solar Panel
    Poly and monocrystalline silicon modules
    Inverter
    38 PowerGate Plus 500kW inverters
    Mounting System
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    Industrial-Grade Engineering

    “Satcon is a trusted name in China, having their first PowerGate solutions installed at Beijing’s National City Museum in 2003. The combination of their deep experience in delivering advanced, utility-scale solar power plant systems and the proven efficiency and reliability of their solutions gives us the confidence to partner with them as we capture the huge opportunities arising from global photovoltaic power generation and become a leading photovoltaic power generation operator in the world in the next few years.”

    -- Gu Huamin General Manager GCL Solar System Limited

    Satcon and GCL Partner to Realize China’s Largest Ground Mount PV Plant to Date

    The Xuzhou GCL 20MW PV Power Plant was connected to the grid and started operation less than three months after project kickoff due to strong project management and coordination between all parties involved. This was the first 20 MW grid integration project and the largest ground mounted PV plant in China to date, invested by GCL-Poly Energy Holding Limited and contracted by GCL Solar System Limited.

    Six different types of ground bases and four different styles of rack mounting were used to accommodate the varied environmental conditions at the site. Of the 20 MW of solar modules covering 112 acres, 1.5 MW of modules were on single-axis trackers, 1 MW of modules were on dual-axis trackers, and the remaining 17.5 MW of modules were installed with a fixed tilt angle of 28 degrees.

  • California Utility Installation

    Specifications

    System Size
    5 MW
    Location
    Mendota, CA
    Solar Panel
    Approx. 50,000 Sharp Thin-Film
    Inverter
    Five Satcon 1 MW Prism Platforms
    Mounting System
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    Optimized System Value

    Satcon Prism Platform streamlined installation at CalRENEW-1 because it comes factory-integrated with step-up transformers and power conversion electronics, allowing for a simple turnkey installation at the site. Asophisticated site controller with Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR) capability delivers interactive control to meet transmissionlevel utility interconnection requirements. The same controller has alternative Power Factor Control capabilities suited for distribution level interconnection.

    Satcon Prism Platform Speeds Time to Value of California’s First RPS PV Power Plant

    CalRENEW-1 was the first utility-scale photovoltaic project connected to the California Independent System Operator's (CAISO) transmission grid under the state's Renewables Portfolio Standards (RPS) program. Located in Mendota, California USA, on 50 acres of previously fallow farm land, this thin film, fixed mount installation was among the first large utility-scale projects of its kind in the world. Commercial operation began April 30, 2010.
  • California’s Largest Utility-Owned Solar PV Plant

    Specifications

    System Size
    6.8 MW
    Location
    Porterville, California, United States
    Solar Panel
    29,428 Trina TSM-230PA05, Ground Mount, Fixed Tilt
    Inverter
    10 units PowerGate Plus 500 kW
    Mounting System
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    Large-Scale Power Production

    Under normal circumstances, it would have taken five to six months to complete a project of this size and scope, but construction on this project was completed in an unprecedented 50 days. Satcon’s participation helped Cupertino Electric accelerate the time to market on this important PV investment.

    Satcon and Cupertino Electric Fast-Track California’s Largest Utility-Owned Solar PV Plant

    One of the nation’s largest electric utilities serving nearly 14 million people in central, coastal and southern California, launched a 250 MW solar initiative in to meet its renewable portfolio standards (RPS) goals. To help achieve these goals, Cupertino Electric, Inc. (CEI) worked with Satcon® Technology Corporation to construct a 6.77 MW solar farm to the utility’s specifications in Porterville, California under a very tight timeframe.