Bombard Renewable Energy has chosen Yaskawa – Solectria Solar’s SGI XTM utility-scale inverters and SolrenView monitoring for a 17.5 MW community solar installation in the Mojave Desert town of Pahrump, Nev. The project is an undertaking by the Valley Electric Association (VEA), a member-owned, nonprofit electric cooperative.
Bombard Renewable Energy is the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company for the 17.5 MW site, which spans 80 acres and utilizes all U.S.-made products, including the SGI XTM inverters, SolarWorld modules and Solar FlexRack racking. Yaskawa – Solectria says the PV system is unique in that it involved working closely with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to design a system that had the lowest impact on the endangered Desert Tortoise and its sensitive habitat.
“Yaskawa – Solectria Solar is proud to be part of this innovative PV system that not only uses all U.S.-made products, but is also built to minimize impact to the endangered tortoises. It proves that manufacturers, EPCs, utilities and public agencies can work together on projects that influence various facets of sustainability,” says Mark Goodreau, director of sales at Yaskawa – Solectria Solar.
VEA has a fixed-rate power purchase agreement with Nevada Valley Solar Solutions LLC, which will operate the PV system and sell the energy to the VEA.