The U.S. Navy Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) in Kekaha, Hawaii is employing stainless steel racking and PV inverters, due to the tropical marine environment on the island that generates sea-salt moisture. Advanced Energy developed a stainless steel PV inverter range that is being used for the 787-kilowatt project. Maui Solar is developing the projects.
Advanced Energy said that construction of the PMRF project was already in progress and would be completed by July 2011. In addition to the project at PMRF, Maui Solar has installed a PV Powered 260kW inverter at a PV installation at Pearl Harbor, using the same stainless steel products.
“We have preferred PV Powered commercial inverters due to their robust design, integrated features that allow for an easy installation, and standard 10-year warranty,” commented John Bews, president at Maui Solar Energy Systems. “Since the U.S. Navy’s Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), began requiring stainless steel for all PV projects from racking to inverters, the new PV Powered stainless steel option enables us to use our preferred inverters and meet NAVFAC’s demanding specifications,” said John Bews, president at Maui Solar Energy Systems.
“Our stainless steel inverter line delivers the solution our customers need for challenging marine applications where the ultimate in corrosion protection is needed. As with all of Advanced Energy’s solutions, the new line continues our heritage of setting the industry standard for both efficiency and reliability,” said Gregg Patterson, executive vice president and general manager of Advanced Energy Renewables.