Satcon Technology inverters have been selected by Constellation Energy for 65MW of photovoltaic power projects across the US. The installations will feature thin-film and polycrystalline technology and will be both rooftop and ground mounted. The largest of these solar power projects is for an aggregate 25MW of ground mounted PV power plants near Sacramento, CA.
Constellation Energy will own and operate the systems, selling the energy to Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) under ten 20-year power purchase agreements. Belectric will be in charge of the engineering, procurement and construction of the project, which is anticipated to be commercially operational by the end of 2011.
“We believe that system design should always be based on customer needs and the requirements of the site,” said Ron Melchior, VP of renewable energy for Constellation Energy’s retail business. “Satcon’s technology and ability to tailor each power conversion solution to each installation made them the logical choice for these solar power projects.”
“These 65MW of solar power installations across the US demonstrate the strong growth we are seeing in the North American utility-scale solar power market,” said Steve Rhoades, Satcon’s president and CEO. “We look forward to working closely with Constellation now and in the future to drive further penetration of utility-scale solar power in North America.”
The next project the companies will work on is a 5MW rooftop project, which, when complete, will be one of the largest rooftop PV installations in North America. The system will use thirteen Satcon PowerGate Plus 500kW inverters and is expected to generate approximately 6,362MWh of electricity each year.
Satcon will be exhibiting at Intersolar Europe 2011 at Booth B5.160.