GE's commitment to bring advanced technology to the solar industry is enabling higher energy efficiency and making what was once a high cost option for utilities a low cost alternative for generating electrical power.
GE is bringing the latest inverter technology to market and is in the process of helping NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc., operate some of the most cost-effective solar parks in North America.
GE Energy Management's Power Conversion business will provide its latest LV5 1500V solar inverters, both at 2MW and 4MW, to equip solar farms in various locations across the U.S.A. The total installed capacity will be over 1GW and the project marks a turning point in the industry; it is expected to be the fastest and the largest deployment of 1500V technology by a single developer in North America, marking an anticipated industry shift towards the 1500V solar plant design.
Building on the legacy of 1000V inverters, GE's 1500V LV5 inverters are specifically designed for the solar industry. By increasing the voltage level, the LV5 inverter enables the inverter power station's power rating to be doubled and thus decreases system losses and balance of plant costs. In addition, GE's LV5 inverters have the latest software controls ensuring optimized power harvesting and a smooth integration of power produced into the grid.
Compared to the conventional market offering of around 2MW, this 4MW block size means less inverter power stations leading to reduced construction costs and time, along with a significant reduction in operating expense.