Yaskawa – Solectria Solar, the leading U.S. commercial PV inverter manufacturer, announced today that its three-phase, transformerless PVI 28TL inverters were installed at the Goodyear Rubber Manufacturing Facility in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The 1MW solar array is comprised of over 3,000 solar modules powered by 33 Solectria PVI 28TL inverters and cover the main manufacturing plant and five parking canopies. The Goodyear Rubber Rancho Cucamonga facility was built in 1961 and the Company is an offshoot of the original Goodyear Rubber Company established in 1872.
This system was developed and integrated by REP Solar and completed in December 2015. Goodyear chose to have a PV system to reduce operating expenses and their carbon footprint.REP Solar chose Yaskawa – Solectria Solar inverters based on their proven reliability and support. Luke Emard, CEO at REP Solar stated, “Yaskawa – Solectria Solar has been a great partner for PV projects, especially in the commercial space where they are ranked #1 in the U.S. We’ve used their inverters for many years and can count on their demonstrated reliability and the unparalleled support and expertise from the sales and service departments.”
Yaskawa – Solectria Solar’s three-phase, transformerless commercial inverters feature unmatched efficiencies, design flexibility and reliability, which is why they are the #1 chosen inverter in the U.S. for commercial ground- and roof-mount arrays and parking structures. They are available in 14, 20, 23, 28, and 36kW and offer integrated, independent MPP Trackers, DC & AC disconnects, and fused string combiners.
“We are honored to be chosen to power the 1MW PV array at the most prestigious rubber company in the world,” said Phil Vyhanek, President of Yaskawa – Solectria Solar. “Our PVI-TL inverters are the best solution for commercial rooftop arrays – their flexibility and reliability reduce a system’s levelized cost of energy [LCOE] and produce the best financial returns.”
This 1MW PV system will produce approximately 40 million kWh and save the company $8,000,000 over 25 years. Their production in one year, about 1.7 million kWh, is equivalent to reducing the 1,106 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), removing 134 cars from the road, 113,969 gallons of gasoline, providing 185 homes with electricity and powering 14,127 lightbulbs.