Since the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities approved a contract between Petra Solar and PSE&G last July for 40MW of power through Petra’s SunWave solar system, AT&T has announced that the solar units will be running on its wireless network. Petra’s utility grade SunWave UP series operates on streetlight and utility poles and connects to the grid’s secondary voltage lines on the pole for better power quality and grid management.
“We’re proud to team up with AT&T to fully utilize the intelligence of our solution,” said Dr. Shihab Kuran, president and CEO of Petra Solar. “SunWave units are mounted on utility poles and connected directly to the grid at the pole. This creates a highly efficient distributed solar generation system that also provides smart grid capabilities to our customers through real-time communications between the systems in the field and the utility control center. In addition, our systems enhance electric distribution grid reliability and help stabilize the grid during periods of increased load.”
Kuran also noted that “PSE&G’s clean energy project with Petra Solar’s SunWave solution is the largest solar electric project under construction in the country.”
The SunWave solar system will be installed on up to 200,000 poles in New Jersey throughout the state’s six largest cities and 300 suburban communities. All will be running on AT&T’s wireless network.