Solectria Chosen to Power the Sonoma Valley Unified School District

WESCO Distribution places order for 2.5MW of inverters for 28 PV systems for 10 schools in the district

Lawrence, MA – June 16, 2011 – Solectria Renewables, LLC, the leading U.S. PV inverter manufacturer, announced today that it has been chosen as the inverter supplier for the Sonoma Valley Unified School District (SVUSD).  The PV systems will be made up of 19 carport shade arrays, 3 ground mount systems and 6 shade structures, spanning 10 schools across the district and totaling 2.5MW.

“Solectria Renewables is dedicated to long-term partnerships with our customers.  Winning this bid was a direct result of the dedication between Solectria and WESCO Distribution,” said Allison Duffy, Regional Business Development Manager, Solectria Renewables. “SVUSD is a great example of a school district not only implementing solar power, but also teaching their students about the benefits of renewable energy and conservation. They are a model for other school districts looking into solar for the cost savings and educational benefits,” added Ms. Duffy.

Solectria Renewables worked closely with WESCO Distribution, one of Solectria Renewables’ nationwide distributors, and Roebbelen Contracting, Inc., a general contractor with a 52 year history.  Solectria will supply inverters ranging from 13kW to 300kW.

Jeff Stroin, WESCO's Regional Vice President commented, "The Sonoma Valley Unified School District needed a team that could meet an aggressive project timeline without sacrificing the quality expectations of the total system engineering design. This important project was enhanced by the combination of quality inverters from Solectria, the building expertise from Roebbelen Contracting and the sales, service and solar industry expertise from WESCO. WESCO is very proud to be a team member for this significant solar project."

Andy Brophy, Senior Project Manager, Roebbelen Contracting, Inc., added, "The collaboration between Solectria Renewables and WESCO Distribution greatly contributed to the successful bid process for the SVUSD project.  This collaboration is a model distribution for large scale solar projects.”

Construction for this district solar project is underway and is expected to be commissioned in August 2011.  The solar project at SVUSD is expected to offset 96% of the school district’s collective energy usage.  This amounts to $750,000 in California Solar Initiative rebates during the first five years.  In addition, the district is also expected to save an additional $500,000 in energy costs.  The total savings are estimated at $26 million over the lifetime of the system.  The complete project will offset 54 million pounds of CO2 emissions.