This is the first installation of the Xantrex and Schneider Electric one megawatt (MW) PV Box Solar Power Conversion Substation – a complete solar power solution that includes two Xantrex GT500 inverters, system monitoring, security detection, and lighting in an integrated solution.
The units were selected by EDF EN Canada, an EDF Energies Nouvelles Company, for use in its 23.4 MW Arnprior Solar Project scheduled to start operating in December 2009. The Project is being developed as two installations under the Government of Ontario’s Standard Offer Program, which was formed to help replace coal-fired power generation.
"We are excited to be part of the largest Canadian solar installation to be completed this year,” says Ted Campbell, President and CEO of Xantrex Technology Inc. “The PV Box designed and built by Xantrex and Schneider is another industry first and we are pleased to offer our global customers a comprehensive electrical solution which dramatically reduces solar plant installation costs. By reducing installation costs via turn-key PV substations, we are doing our part to make solar energy more affordable and a better alternative to other forms of power generation."
EDF EN Canada’s President and CEO Tristan Grimbert adds, "This project is a great advancement in Ontario's long-term commitment to solar power energy. Installing the Xantrex/Schneider PV Box means a lower installation cost and reduced installation time for the project. We are confident that the PV Box combined with EDF EN’s expertise in project design, development and management will result in a successful installation."