Principal Solar Institute   BUILDING THE LARGEST SMART ARRAY IN              NORTH AMERICA     BEHIND THE SCENES OF A 2.2 ...
Principal Solar Institute  BUILDING THE LARGEST SMART ARRAY IN             NORTH AMERICA   BEHIND THE SCENES OF A 2.2 MW S...
Overview Who is TSE? Who is SunGen? SunGen Sharon Project Overview Equipment Selection Unique features Project Chall...
Who is Talmage Solar Engineering, Inc.?                      Established in 1975                      Family Owned      ...
Who is SunGen?DeveloperIn operation since 2007Multiple 1603 Grant awardeeVermont SPEED FIT awardeePrivately held
SunGen Sharon Project                   2.2 MW DC nameplate                    rating                   Vermont SPEED FI...
Equipment Selection9,568 UpSolar 230 Watt modules19 Solectria PVI95KW invertersTigo Energy MaximizersAluminum wireTer...
Unique Features                  Largest Tigo Energy                   installation in the world                  Larges...
Project Challenges                     Lot coverage                     Interconnection                     Ground dist...
Questions and Discussion Please enter your questions into the Chat window         Kale Inoue         CFO, Talmage Solar En...
Principal Solar InstituteBuilding North America’s Largest Smart Array           Troy Dalbey, Managing Director, Upsolar Am...
SunGen Sharon1: 2 MW Smart Array                                   Project location:                                   Sha...
Why a Smart Array @ SunGen Sharon?Talmage SE decided to pursue an OptimizedSolution for their SunGen Sharon1 projectbecaus...
Benefits: Upsolar Smart ModuleSmart Module Benefits:-   Maximizes energy output-   Increased design flexibility-   Elimina...
Module Level Performance Monitoring
Key Benefits: Tigo Optimized ArrayIncremental Cost of Module: + $0.08 - $0.10/WpSmart-Curve™ $0.05/Wp reduction in electri...
Utilizing The Following Top-Quality ComponentsGlobal SupplyChain:                Excellence at Each Step                  ...
Photon International Outdoor Test Array-2012  2012 YTD Performance Ratios (%): BNEF Tier 1 Module Manufacturers           ...
Questions and DiscussionPlease enter your questions into the Chat window:            Troy Dalbey            Managing Direc...
Principal Solar Institute  BUILDING THE LARGEST SMART ARRAY IN             NORTH AMERICA   BEHIND THE SCENES OF A 2.2 MW S...
About the Tigo Energy MaximizerSystemModule-level electronics that deliver:  – More Energy  – Lower-Cost O&M, Advanced Tr...
Pieces of the Maximizer System                        Module Maximizer at each                        solar module        ...
Why Talmage Chose Maximizersover Microinverters
Correct Mismatch Losses AcrossAn ArrayA 2.2MW array will have “soft” mismatch: cloud cover, variable soiling, temperature...
Design Flexibility
Module-Level Data Collection
Safety, Shutoff & AdvancedAnti-Islanding                                       Traditional Array 60V      60V      60V    ...
Questions and Discussion Please enter your questions into the Chat window                  Paul Grana          Director, P...
Principal Solar Institute  BUILDING THE LARGEST SMART ARRAY IN             NORTH AMERICA   BEHIND THE SCENES OF A 2.2 MW S...
Solectria History             Solectria Corporation was founded in 1989             The EV division was sold in 2005 to ...
Case Study – Sharon, Vermont      Product: PVI 95kW Inverters, String Combiners, SolrenView   System Size   2MW    Modules...
Products Used in Sharon, VT                     PV Inverters    String Combiners                   Uptime Guarantee   Solr...
Commercial Inverters               Power: 10 kW, 13 kW, 15 kW, 60 kW, 82 kW and 95 kW •   True delta-wye (Δ-Y) 3-phase inv...
String Combiners                                Power: Multiple Fuse Sizes •   4-30 fused positions •   NEMA 4 rated •   I...
Value Proposition for Sharon, VT                        •   Market leading CEC efficiencies       Performance      •   Wid...
Questions and Discussion Please enter your questions into the Chat window     Troy Dalbey                         Paul Gra...
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in …5
×

BUILDING THE LARGEST SOLAR SMART ARRAY IN NORTH AMERICA: Behind the Scenes of a 2.2 MW Solar Power Plant

748 views

Published on

Go behind the scenes of the development and construction of the recently commissioned 2.2 MW solar power plant constructed by Talmage Solar Engineering, Inc. in Sharon, Vermont. This is the largest solar "smart array" in North America, and was featured prominently in the industry press and at SPI 2012.

The system combines Upsolar modules backed by Upsolar's reinforced warranty Tigo Energy's PV solar power optimizers and digital monitoring, and Solectria Renewables inverters, to feed optimized renewable energy directly into the local grid. Project developer Talmage Engineering's CFO Kale Inoue will review the project's history and will lead a panel discussion with and Upsolar's Troy Dalbey, Tigo's Paul Grana, and Solectria's Brad Sherman .

The panel will review the challenges faced in developing the project and the technical advances that allow the system to perform at a lower cost per kilowatt hour than a traditional array. You will learn what it takes to get a project of this size from concept to electricity production, hear from vendors of key system components about their design, and see how everything is performing since commissioning in July 2012.

Published in: Technology
0 Comments
0 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Views
Total views
748
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
81
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
0
Comments
0
Likes
0
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide
  • Scheduled time (:00) – Welcome to $WebinarTitle. We have several people still joining the audio portion of the webinar, so we’ll get started in a couple minutes.[Start recording]Start + :02 – Hello I’m Rick Borry and will be your host today. Before we get started, I have a few housekeeping notes. This webinar is XX minutes long. All participants are muted, but if you have trouble hearing the audio, you can send a text chat to me via the chat dialog in the lower right corner of your viewer window. Also, if you have any questions you can send those to me via text chat at any time. I will collect all questions and ask them of the presenter at the end of the session. The webinar is being recorded, and it will be posted online along with a copy of the slides later today.Today’s webinar is “Solar Energy in the Military”. This webinar is part of the Principal Solar Institute webinar series, for professional installers, developers, owners, and operators of solar systems. We thank XX and YY for sponsoring this webinar. [Host should go on mute]
  • Scheduled time (:00) – Welcome to $WebinarTitle. We have several people still joining the audio portion of the webinar, so we’ll get started in a couple minutes.[Start recording]Start + :02 – Hello I’m Rick Borry and will be your host today. Before we get started, I have a few housekeeping notes. This webinar is XX minutes long. All participants are muted, but if you have trouble hearing the audio, you can send a text chat to me via the chat dialog in the lower right corner of your viewer window. Also, if you have any questions you can send those to me via text chat at any time. I will collect all questions and ask them of the presenter at the end of the session. The webinar is being recorded, and it will be posted online along with a copy of the slides later today.Today’s webinar is “Micro-inverters for Solar Panels”. This webinar is part of the Principal Solar Institute webinar series, for professional installers, developers, owners, and operators of solar systems. We thank XX and YY for sponsoring this webinar. [Host should go on mute]
  • [Unmute Host]* Have 2-3 planted questions ready. Have discussion and Q&A.Conclude – That concludes today’s webinar – thank you for attending. Once again we thank our Sponsors XXX and YYY. Please be sure to click on their logos from the Webvent page and learn more about them, or arrange a follow-up call if interested. The webinar was recorded and will be posted online along with a copy of the slides later today. You can also check our events calendar and register for future webinars of interest.[Stop Recording][Mute everyone][Leave Webex open for about 5 minutes in case people are writing down contact information, etc.][ After 5-15 minutes, the recording will be available on Webex. Change the title and description, remove all modules from view (participants, etc.) and then select “Partial Recording” to truncate the start and finish parts that don’t apply to someone viewing a recording.][Post recording URL at Webvent and send archive email][Post slides][Post discussion Q&A][Post transcription, if avialable]
  • Scheduled time (:00) – Welcome to $WebinarTitle. We have several people still joining the audio portion of the webinar, so we’ll get started in a couple minutes.[Start recording]Start + :02 – Hello I’m Rick Borry and will be your host today. Before we get started, I have a few housekeeping notes. This webinar is XX minutes long. All participants are muted, but if you have trouble hearing the audio, you can send a text chat to me via the chat dialog in the lower right corner of your viewer window. Also, if you have any questions you can send those to me via text chat at any time. I will collect all questions and ask them of the presenter at the end of the session. The webinar is being recorded, and it will be posted online along with a copy of the slides later today.Today’s webinar is “Micro-inverters for Solar Panels”. This webinar is part of the Principal Solar Institute webinar series, for professional installers, developers, owners, and operators of solar systems. We thank XX and YY for sponsoring this webinar. [Host should go on mute]
  • [Unmute Host]* Have 2-3 planted questions ready. Have discussion and Q&A.Conclude – That concludes today’s webinar – thank you for attending. Once again we thank our Sponsors XXX and YYY. Please be sure to click on their logos from the Webvent page and learn more about them, or arrange a follow-up call if interested. The webinar was recorded and will be posted online along with a copy of the slides later today. You can also check our events calendar and register for future webinars of interest.[Stop Recording][Mute everyone][Leave Webex open for about 5 minutes in case people are writing down contact information, etc.][ After 5-15 minutes, the recording will be available on Webex. Change the title and description, remove all modules from view (participants, etc.) and then select “Partial Recording” to truncate the start and finish parts that don’t apply to someone viewing a recording.][Post recording URL at Webvent and send archive email][Post slides][Post discussion Q&A][Post transcription, if avialable]
  • [Unmute Host]* Have 2-3 planted questions ready. Have discussion and Q&A.Conclude – That concludes today’s webinar – thank you for attending. Once again we thank our Sponsors XXX and YYY. Please be sure to click on their logos from the Webvent page and learn more about them, or arrange a follow-up call if interested. The webinar was recorded and will be posted online along with a copy of the slides later today. You can also check our events calendar and register for future webinars of interest.[Stop Recording][Mute everyone][Leave Webex open for about 5 minutes in case people are writing down contact information, etc.][ After 5-15 minutes, the recording will be available on Webex. Change the title and description, remove all modules from view (participants, etc.) and then select “Partial Recording” to truncate the start and finish parts that don’t apply to someone viewing a recording.][Post recording URL at Webvent and send archive email][Post slides][Post discussion Q&A][Post transcription, if avialable]
  • Scheduled time (:00) – Welcome to $WebinarTitle. We have several people still joining the audio portion of the webinar, so we’ll get started in a couple minutes.[Start recording]Start + :02 – Hello I’m Rick Borry and will be your host today. Before we get started, I have a few housekeeping notes. This webinar is XX minutes long. All participants are muted, but if you have trouble hearing the audio, you can send a text chat to me via the chat dialog in the lower right corner of your viewer window. Also, if you have any questions you can send those to me via text chat at any time. I will collect all questions and ask them of the presenter at the end of the session. The webinar is being recorded, and it will be posted online along with a copy of the slides later today.Today’s webinar is “Micro-inverters for Solar Panels”. This webinar is part of the Principal Solar Institute webinar series, for professional installers, developers, owners, and operators of solar systems. We thank XX and YY for sponsoring this webinar. [Host should go on mute]
  • [Unmute Host]* Have 2-3 planted questions ready. Have discussion and Q&A.Conclude – That concludes today’s webinar – thank you for attending. Once again we thank our Sponsors XXX and YYY. Please be sure to click on their logos from the Webvent page and learn more about them, or arrange a follow-up call if interested. The webinar was recorded and will be posted online along with a copy of the slides later today. You can also check our events calendar and register for future webinars of interest.[Stop Recording][Mute everyone][Leave Webex open for about 5 minutes in case people are writing down contact information, etc.][ After 5-15 minutes, the recording will be available on Webex. Change the title and description, remove all modules from view (participants, etc.) and then select “Partial Recording” to truncate the start and finish parts that don’t apply to someone viewing a recording.][Post recording URL at Webvent and send archive email][Post slides][Post discussion Q&A][Post transcription, if avialable]
  • Scheduled time (:00) – Welcome to $WebinarTitle. We have several people still joining the audio portion of the webinar, so we’ll get started in a couple minutes.[Start recording]Start + :02 – Hello I’m Rick Borry and will be your host today. Before we get started, I have a few housekeeping notes. This webinar is XX minutes long. All participants are muted, but if you have trouble hearing the audio, you can send a text chat to me via the chat dialog in the lower right corner of your viewer window. Also, if you have any questions you can send those to me via text chat at any time. I will collect all questions and ask them of the presenter at the end of the session. The webinar is being recorded, and it will be posted online along with a copy of the slides later today.Today’s webinar is “Micro-inverters for Solar Panels”. This webinar is part of the Principal Solar Institute webinar series, for professional installers, developers, owners, and operators of solar systems. We thank XX and YY for sponsoring this webinar. [Host should go on mute]
  • Scheduled time (:00) – Welcome to $WebinarTitle. We have several people still joining the audio portion of the webinar, so we’ll get started in a couple minutes.[Start recording]Start + :02 – Hello I’m Rick Borry and will be your host today. Before we get started, I have a few housekeeping notes. This webinar is XX minutes long. All participants are muted, but if you have trouble hearing the audio, you can send a text chat to me via the chat dialog in the lower right corner of your viewer window. Also, if you have any questions you can send those to me via text chat at any time. I will collect all questions and ask them of the presenter at the end of the session. The webinar is being recorded, and it will be posted online along with a copy of the slides later today.Today’s webinar is “Solar Energy in the Military”. This webinar is part of the Principal Solar Institute webinar series, for professional installers, developers, owners, and operators of solar systems. We thank XX and YY for sponsoring this webinar. [Host should go on mute]
  • BUILDING THE LARGEST SOLAR SMART ARRAY IN NORTH AMERICA: Behind the Scenes of a 2.2 MW Solar Power Plant

    1. 1. Principal Solar Institute BUILDING THE LARGEST SMART ARRAY IN NORTH AMERICA BEHIND THE SCENES OF A 2.2 MW SOLAR POWER PLANT Troy Dalbey Paul Grana Brad Sherman Managing Director, USA Director, Product Management Technical Sales Upsolar Tigo Energy Solectria Renewables Kale Inoue Rick Borry, Ph.D. CFO, Talmage Solar Engineering Chief Scientist, Principal Solar Institute Moderator Host
    2. 2. Principal Solar Institute BUILDING THE LARGEST SMART ARRAY IN NORTH AMERICA BEHIND THE SCENES OF A 2.2 MW SOLAR POWER PLANT Kale Inoue CFO, Talmage Solar Engineering
    3. 3. Overview Who is TSE? Who is SunGen? SunGen Sharon Project Overview Equipment Selection Unique features Project Challenges Questions and answers
    4. 4. Who is Talmage Solar Engineering, Inc.? Established in 1975 Family Owned Started in residential PV, SHW, Wind, Hydro and off grid Over 2000 projects completed In house, hands on, turn-key EPC.
    5. 5. Who is SunGen?DeveloperIn operation since 2007Multiple 1603 Grant awardeeVermont SPEED FIT awardeePrivately held
    6. 6. SunGen Sharon Project  2.2 MW DC nameplate rating  Vermont SPEED FIT project  Connected to CVPS (GMP) grid via 12.47 kva feeder  12 acres site in Sharon, VT  Expected to produce at least 2,300,000 kwh annually
    7. 7. Equipment Selection9,568 UpSolar 230 Watt modules19 Solectria PVI95KW invertersTigo Energy MaximizersAluminum wireTerrafix racking
    8. 8. Unique Features Largest Tigo Energy installation in the world Largest System in Vermont Utility scale with commercial features
    9. 9. Project Challenges Lot coverage Interconnection Ground disturbance Permitting Financing Data feed Weather
    10. 10. Questions and Discussion Please enter your questions into the Chat window Kale Inoue CFO, Talmage Solar Engineering
    11. 11. Principal Solar InstituteBuilding North America’s Largest Smart Array Troy Dalbey, Managing Director, Upsolar America Troy Dalbey has an extensive background in sales and marketing leadership. Prior to joining Upsolar, Mr. Dalbey worked in various capacities of project development and sales at American Solar Electric and previously served as the Director of Sales & Marketing the for financial Software provider, Third Pillar Systems. Before his work in sales, Mr. Dalbey was a world class swimmer who earned two Olympic Gold Medals. Mr. Dalbey joined Upsolar in 2009 as a National Sales Manager and now serves as the Managing Director for the Upsolar Group’s US based Subsidiary, Upsolar America, Inc.
    12. 12. SunGen Sharon1: 2 MW Smart Array Project location: Sharon, VT Total Power: 2.2 MW Technology: Terrafix Solarpark Developer: Talmage Solar Module: UP-M230P Optimized by Tigo Type of Project: Vermont FIT - Utility 12
    13. 13. Why a Smart Array @ SunGen Sharon?Talmage SE decided to pursue an OptimizedSolution for their SunGen Sharon1 projectbecause a PV array on such hilly terrainwould leave modules configured on a differentplane within the same strings; reducing theoutput of the PV power plant; thereforereducing the IRR’s of the project.The Smart Array Solution provided by Upsolar& Tigo Energy maximizes the performanceand provides Talmage SE the flexibility theyneeded to develop a profitable project onterrain that would otherwise not be suitable forPV Development .
    14. 14. Benefits: Upsolar Smart ModuleSmart Module Benefits:- Maximizes energy output- Increased design flexibility- Eliminates module mismatch within strings- Voltage control reduces BOS costs; increasing # modules per string by up to 25%- Module-based performance monitoring streamlines cost of diagnosing O&M issues- Electronic theft prevention protects your investment- NEC Article 690.11 CompliantCost Impact / Adder:- UP-M240P - $0.10/Watt- UP-M290P - $0.08/Watt
    15. 15. Module Level Performance Monitoring
    16. 16. Key Benefits: Tigo Optimized ArrayIncremental Cost of Module: + $0.08 - $0.10/WpSmart-Curve™ $0.05/Wp reduction in electrical BOS costs • More modules on any roof ($0.05 – $0.10/Wp) • Increased Energy Harvest ($0.05 – $0.08/Wp) • BEW certification for bankability of The Solar Model (Pvsyst competitor) pending • Reduced O&M costs ($0.02 – $0.03/Wp)$0.10 to $0.15+/WP of net economic value! • Increased inverter rated power output (5 – 8 cents/Wp; available mid 2013) • Monitoring system cost (including MMU & gateways) is competitive with Draker, Deck, ERI, etc. 19
    17. 17. Utilizing The Following Top-Quality ComponentsGlobal SupplyChain: Excellence at Each Step Silicon gel: Glass: J-Box / Cables: + - EVA: TPT: Connectors: Cell: 17
    18. 18. Photon International Outdoor Test Array-2012 2012 YTD Performance Ratios (%): BNEF Tier 1 Module Manufacturers June Performance YTD PerformanceRank Manufacturer Module Cell Installed Ratio(%) Ratio(%) 1 SunPower SPR-245NE-WHT-D Mono Jan-12 95.4 95.1 2 Sunpower SPR-320NE-WHT-D Mono Jan-12 95.8 95.2 3 Yingli YL240P-29b Multi Jan-12 93.0 93.7 4 SolarWorld SW 225 Mono Mono 2010 90.1 92.7 5 CNPV CNPV-240P Multi Jul-11 90.1 92.7 6 Upsolar UP-M220P Multi Feb-11 91.4 92.0 7 Upsolar UP-M180M Mono 2010 89.9 91.9 8 REC Premium 210 Multi Feb-11 91.4 91.9 9 SolarWorld SW 245 Poly Multi Jan-12 90.3 91.810 REC REC 230AE* Multi 2010 91.8 91.511 REC REC230PE Multi Feb-11 90.2 91.512 Trina TSM-225PC05 Multi 2010 89.4 91.513 Hanwha Solar One SF160-24-1M175 Mono 2010 88.7 91.314 Trina TSM-180DC01 Mono 2009 89.5 91.1 18
    19. 19. Questions and DiscussionPlease enter your questions into the Chat window: Troy Dalbey Managing Director, Upsolar America troy.dalbey@upsolar.com Beyond an Optimizer • String Monitoring • Anti-Theft Security • Intelligent Alert System • Fleet Management • Retrofit
    20. 20. Principal Solar Institute BUILDING THE LARGEST SMART ARRAY IN NORTH AMERICA BEHIND THE SCENES OF A 2.2 MW SOLAR POWER PLANT Paul Grana Director, Product Management Tigo Energy
    21. 21. About the Tigo Energy MaximizerSystemModule-level electronics that deliver: – More Energy – Lower-Cost O&M, Advanced Troubleshooting – Safety Shutoff
    22. 22. Pieces of the Maximizer System Module Maximizer at each solar module Management Unit – Controls each Maximizer and collects system data Software – Cloud-based service that shows module- level detail
    23. 23. Why Talmage Chose Maximizersover Microinverters
    24. 24. Correct Mismatch Losses AcrossAn ArrayA 2.2MW array will have “soft” mismatch: cloud cover, variable soiling, temperature differences
    25. 25. Design Flexibility
    26. 26. Module-Level Data Collection
    27. 27. Safety, Shutoff & AdvancedAnti-Islanding Traditional Array 60V 60V 60V 60V 60V 60V 60V 60V 60V 60V Up to 600V potential between cables Array with PV-Safe 60V 60V 60V 60V 60V 60V 60V 60V 60V 60V Tigo Tigo Tigo Tigo Tigo Tigo Tigo Tigo Tigo Tigo Energy Energy Energy Energy Energy Energy Energy Energy Energy Energy 0V when PV-Safe activated
    28. 28. Questions and Discussion Please enter your questions into the Chat window Paul Grana Director, Product Management Tigo Energy
    29. 29. Principal Solar Institute BUILDING THE LARGEST SMART ARRAY IN NORTH AMERICA BEHIND THE SCENES OF A 2.2 MW SOLAR POWER PLANT Brad Sherman Technical Sales Solectria Renewables
    30. 30. Solectria History  Solectria Corporation was founded in 1989  The EV division was sold in 2005 to Azure Dynamics  Solectria Renewables was founded in 2005 focused on MSS Introduced grid-tied PV inverter technologies  Today, Solectria Renewables has a broad product line including: – Grid-tied PV inverters for residential, commercial & utility- scale applications Capacity Expansion to – String combiners 350MW Capacity – Web-based monitoring solutions Expansion to 800MW SolrenView Web Monitoring Introduced SGI Series Solectria divests UL Listed vehicle products to PVI 13-15kW Azure Dynamics UL Listed PVI 60 - 90kW 60/82/95kW Capacity UL Listed UL Listed Expansion to 200MW Original 10kW UL Listed Solectria Renewables Solectria Founded PVI 3000-5300Corporation Introduced Founded 1989 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
    31. 31. Case Study – Sharon, Vermont Product: PVI 95kW Inverters, String Combiners, SolrenView System Size 2MW Modules UpSolar Installer Talmage Solar Location Sharon, VT
    32. 32. Products Used in Sharon, VT PV Inverters String Combiners Uptime Guarantee SolrenView Uptime Guarantee
    33. 33. Commercial Inverters Power: 10 kW, 13 kW, 15 kW, 60 kW, 82 kW and 95 kW • True delta-wye (Δ-Y) 3-phase inverter (10-15kW) • 208, 240, 480, 600 VAC • Fully-integrated design o Industry standard disconnects o LCD display web-enabled • RS485/MODBUS communication  Options o Forward facing disconnects o Built-in sub-combiners o Low voltage taps
    34. 34. String Combiners Power: Multiple Fuse Sizes • 4-30 fused positions • NEMA 4 rated • Industrial grade construction • Multiple fuse sizes • Options o DC disconnect o Stainless steel enclosure o Locking mechanism o Surge arrestor
    35. 35. Value Proposition for Sharon, VT • Market leading CEC efficiencies Performance • Wide range MPPT • Best-in-class night tare losses • Founded on 20 years of electric vehicle manufacturing • 25-50% fewer connection points than competitors Reliability • Redundancy using multiple PVI 95kW inverters • Performance guaranteed with uptime guarantee • Solectria service technicians on call within two hours of site Serviceability • 24/7 system monitoring and remote system diagnosis via SolrenView • Products designed to interface with Tigo products Flexibility
    36. 36. Questions and Discussion Please enter your questions into the Chat window Troy Dalbey Paul Grana Brad Sherman Managing Director, USA Director, Product Management Technical Sales Upsolar Tigo Energy Solectria Renewables Kale Inoue Rick Borry, Ph.D. CFO, Talmage Solar Engineering Chief Scientist, Principal Solar Institute Moderator Host

    ×