Yaskawa – Solectria Solar, a leading U.S. PV inverter manufacturer, announced recently that its SGI 500XTM three-phase, central inverters have been chosen by Helix Electric for IKEA in Las Vegas, Nevada. This installation will be Nevada’s largest retail solar array and will be commissioned in spring 2016 before the official store opening in summer 2016.
The 1.14MW PV system will cover 240,504 square feet and consist of 3,620 modules. It will produce approximately 1,750,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store, the equivalent of reducing 1,207 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), reducing the emissions of 254 cars and providing electricity for 166 homes. This installation will represent the 43rd PV system for IKEA in the U.S. 90% of IKEA’s U.S. locations are powered by PV.
“We are excited about furthering our sustainability commitment with solar panels on our future Las Vegas store,” said Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. president. “At IKEA, we have a mission to create a better everyday life for the many, and IKEA Las Vegas can add to this goal with Nevada’s largest rooftop solar array.”In the PV industry, Helix Electric is a well-known, established engineering, procurement and contracting (EPC) firm. They vetted various inverter manufacturers for this project and chose Yaskawa – Solectria Solar based on the engineering, design and reliability of its inverters, well-known brand name, quality, and customer service.
David Brian, Pre-Construction Manager of Renewable Energy at Helix Electric said, “We’ve worked with various inverter manufacturers in the past, but Yaskawa – Solectria Solar’s inverters have proven themselves over and over again – the quality cannot be beat. Their team’s attentiveness to our needs is also the most superior I have seen in this industry.”
“Yaskawa – Solectria Solar continues to focus on the reliability and quality of its inverters and unsurpassed customer service,” said Mark Goodreau, Director of Sales at Yaskawa – Solectria Solar. “When major PV industry EPCs, such as Helix Electric, put their trust in our inverters for such high-profile installations, it demonstrates our strength and commitment to providing the best inverters possible.”