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Chinese firm selects US PV components to boost solar power in the Caribbean

GCL chooses Satcon to supply inverters and transformers for 76 MW Caribbean solar plant

The 76 MW solar plant will be constructed in the Caribbean
The 76 MW solar plant will be constructed in the Caribbean

A Chinese solar firm has chosen to use US technology in the development of a 76 MW solar power plant in the Caribbean. China polysilicon and wafer firm GCL Solar Energy has selected Boston firm Satcon Technology Corporation, which provides utility-scale power conversion solutions for the renewable energy market, to supply inverters subcombiners and transformers for the plant.

The company will supply forty-five of their Equinox 500kW inverters, along with over 1900 Satcon Solstice Subcombiners, 680 of its SSC Smart Subcombiners, and 64 medium voltage transformers. The technology will be used in the construction of the Caribbean solar power plant.

Pete DeGraff, executive vice president of worldwide sales, services and marketing for Satcon, said: “We’ve seen demand for solar PV continue to grow in the Americas over the last two years. First with commercial systems and most recently in large utility-scale power plants. Satcon’s leading power conversion solutions continue to be deployed by the most respected developers in solar, and we are very proud to have been selected by GCL Energy for this project.”

Satcon said its Equinox 500kW is the next generation of the company’s flagship 500kW solar inverter solution, which has been utilised by the industry’s leading solar developers on over a gigawatt of cumulative PV power systems.

The company said the “efficiency gains, compared to other similar solutions, will enable utility-scale plants to produce millions more kilowatt hours over the life of the system, and add millions of dollars to the bottom line of the plant owner operators.”