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PV Powered Helps Portland Water Bureau Go Solar
EC Company chooses PV Powered inverters for environmentally-friendly installation
January 21, 2010—PV Powered, Inc., the innovation leader in solar inverter reliability, performance, and serviceability, announces that its commercial solar inverters have been selected for use by the Portland Water Bureau as part of its $2.2M solar installation near the Portland Airport.
This is the second installation that EC Company of Portland, Oregon has done for the Portland Water Bureau and is a clear example of the Bureau’s commitment to protecting the environment. The installation is challenging because this 267kW solar power plant is located in a field with high groundwater. “The water table is right at the surface,” said EC Company Renewable Solutions Manager, Robin Rabiroff, “We had to take into account the drainage and settling of the site."
To enable the Water Bureau to track energy production of the site, the four PV Powered commercial inverters are outfitted with performance monitoring systems from DECK Monitoring of Eugene, Oregon. The monitoring website has been linked to the Water Bureau’s website for easy access by ratepayers.
“We’ve been using PV Powered commercial inverters for more than a year on various projects,” said EC’s Rabiroff “Their product quality is top notch, and their service and support has been excellent. Plus, we like dealing with an Oregon-based company.”
“We also like teaming up with local companies to deliver leading-edge renewable energy solutions in Oregon,” said Erick Petersen, VP of Sales and Marketing at PV Powered. “For our part, PV Powered ensures that our customers get maximum energy harvest by delivering inverters with the highest reliability over a 20+ year operating life.”
Among the other commercial projects that EC Company has installed with PV Powered commercial inverters is the 107kW rooftop plant that was recently put in at the Portland Community College.
About PV Powered
PV Powered is the innovation leader for grid-tied PV inverters in the residential, commercial and utility markets, setting the industry standard for innovation in reliability and efficiency. Founded in Bend, Oregon in 2003 and privately owned, the company brings together one of the most experienced design teams in solar power electronics. PV Powered was recently selected to receive a Stage 2 award under the Solar Energy Grid Integration System (SEGIS) program by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The company is leading a team of recognized distributed energy and smart grid partners in developing innovations that increase energy harvest, reduce the cost of PV systems, and remove barriers to high levels of PV grid penetration.
For more information on the company, visit www.pvpowered.com.
About EC Company
With 360 electricians on staff, electrical contractor EC Company (www.e-c-co.com) is the largest employer of IBEW workers in the State of Oregon. Now grown to have ten offices six Western US states, the company has been at its downtown Portland location for over 60 years.
Photo Caption: Four PV Powered commercial inverters being installed in the Portland Water Bureau project.