Order Focus: Satcon to supply 2.5MW of solar PV inverters to project on island of Rhodes

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Satcon has signed a deal with EasyPower to supply 2.5MW of its PowerGate Plus 100KW solar PV inverter solutions across 25 installations on the island of Rhodes, Greece. The solar power plants, which will be developed and constructed by EasyPower, are expected to generate enough solar energy to supply 1.2% of the island’s electricity demand.

The installations will be owned by EasySolar, RNA Power, and Diachrisi Iliakis Energeias as part of a 2.5MW project, which will be used to provide peak power demand in the summer as well as baseload support to the island’s network of diesel generators.

Financial terms of the agreement and the timeline for development of the project were not disclosed.

“The project in Rhodes presents unique design challenges that require we develop a complete solution that can be scaled across 25 distributed locations,” said Nikos Savouris of EasyPower. “Each power plant can directly contribute to the stability of the entire island’s power grid.

“With this in mind, and with the responsibility of providing reliable and cost-effective energy for community of the island, we designed a system that will enhance each plant’s performance, along with its stability and durability, while reducing the carbon footprint from electricity production on the island throughout the years.”

Each plant is composed of Satcon’s PowerGate Plus solutions, combined with two-axis trackers and high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon modules, and could generate in excess of 225,000KWh annually, the companies said.

“Satcon’s proven technology, their innovative features, and their ability to address the particular requirements of the local grid made their PowerGate Plus solutions the obvious choice for us,” continued Savouris. “We expect that, based on our previous experience with other Satcon projects, we will maximize the performance and durability of these power stations and exceed investor expectations.”

“These installations demonstrate the increased penetration of large-scale solar power generation into today’s island and urban energy grids,” said Peter Deege, Satcon’s GM for Europe. “Our experience in utility-scale and island-grid solar solutions combined with EasyPower’s design, engineering and construction expertise will ensure that these solar plants are a secure and cost effective renewable energy source for the island.”

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