Leveraging our expertise to prosper in this sector
Our focus is on an industrial-scale approach making solar energy more competitive by reducing capital expenditure and operations and maintenance costs. Finding the best sites is the first step along the road to success. The strength of our projects and the quality of our experience fuel our ambition for further growth. We aim to deliver the highest performing, most efficient projects, optimizing costs while providing tailor-made solutions for our customers. We also keep pace with new technology and advancements in this growing area of our diverse renewable energy portfolio.
New Energy, Real Solutions
With more than 1 gigawatt of utility-scale solar currently under development, E.ON is well-positioned to continue leveraging our experience as a utility operator and independent power producer to deliver the highest quality solar energy projects to our customers. We are committed to building long-term partnerships with our customers, which is why we provide unparalleled landowner and customer relationships, from design through construction and operation.
Solar Energy Basics
Solar PV Technology has three main component groups: a) Structures, b) Modules, c) Inverters
Structures can also be thought of as trackers, pointing the module toward the sun. This can be performed by a fixed orientation or by a single-axis or dual-axis tracking the path of the sun across the sky.
Modules contain a semiconductor material that can convert sunlight into electricity. Electricity is collected in bus-bars and fed into the direct current (DC) system of a PV Farm.
The inverter receives direct current (DC) input from all the modules. DC input is then converted to alternating current (AC) output and fed directly into the electric grid. The inverter controls the solar PV farm by setting the maximum power point of the overall plant.
Tech Park Solar (TPS) is E.ON’s first solar project built in North America, located in Pima County, Arizona, and started generating power in December 2012. TPS is a 5 megawatt (AC) solar generation facility developed in collaboration with the Campus Research Corporation at the University of Arizona. It is a collaborative hub for researchers and the industry to promote and develop renewable energy. TPS provided over 150 construction jobs and will contribute about $170,000 per year in property tax revenues to Pima County.
Valencia Solar, 11 megawatts (AC) is E.ON’s largest solar generation facility in Pima County, Arizona, and came online in June 2013. The facility stands out for being the first North American project for which E.ON Solar performed all engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services. Construction coordinated the activities of 10 main suppliers of civil and electrical work including the provision and installation of inverters/transformers, trackers, switchgear and modules, cable laying and combiner box connection set-up. E.ON managed Valencia’s design, construction and operation to maximize local input in close cooperation with local government, civic organizations and the community.
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