Q1 2018 Yaskawa Solectria Solar Company Newsletter

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XGI: The Next Generation of Inverters

Yaskawa Solectria Solar announced the XGI series of inverters. Designed and engineered in Lawrence, MA, the new XGI inverters are assembled and tested at Yaskawa America’s facilities in Buffalo Grove, IL.

The XGI 1000V inverters for commercial applications come in 50kW, 60kW and 65kW power ratings and the utility-scale XGI 1500V are offered in 125kW, 150kW and 166kW. These inverters are designed to achieve unmatched quality and reliability, with every individual component carefully selected and tested to last well beyond its warranty.

Standardized communication protocols allow the XGI to easily connect to any network and lower balance of system costs. From a single location, customers can access all inverters on-site via WiFi; in addition, remote diagnostics and firmware upgrades simplify fleet management. The new level of reliability lowers overall system costs and enhances operational efficiency.

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Buffalo Grove Facilities Gearing Up for the XGI

Yaskawa Solectria Solar, and Yaskawa America, Inc. have combined resources to provide higher quality PV inverters with reliability that is unmatched in the PV industry. 
Yaskawa America's manufacturing facility in Buffalo Grove, IL is gearing up for full production of the Solectria XGI 1000-60/65. The Yaskawa Solectria Solar Sales Team visited the facility in November, gaining a closer look at Yaskawa's quality processes in manufacturing and how those will be incorporated in the latest PV products. We gave a few select customers a tour of the facility. Stay tuned for more information on upcoming tours as the XGI production ramps up.

Webinars and Videos

Register for Yaskawa Solectria Solar's upcoming webinar.

Independent System Operators – New England (ISO-NE) Grid Support Utility Interactive Inverter Requirements
Thursday, April 26, 2018
2:00 PM EST / 11:00 AM PST

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Events and Trainings
Yaskawa Solectria Solar will be exhibiting at the upcoming solar events in Q2 2018. Contact us today to schedule a meeting with a Yaskawa Solectria Solar representative at an event. 
Midwest Solar Expo April 30 - May 2, 2018
Minneapolis, MN
NABCEP Training:
String Inverter Solutions for 1000V and 1500V Arrays
Oregon Solar Energy Conference
May 1-3, 2018 Portland, OR
NABCEP Trainings:
Commercial Design Considerations Using Transformerless String Inverters
Rapid Shutdown and Effective Grounding with Yaskawa
Solar Power Southeast
May 14-16, 2018
Atlanta, GA
May 21-24, 2018
Mexico City, Mexico
Expo Solar Colombia
May 24 - June 2, 2018
Medellín, Colombia

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Red Sox Opening Day

Yaskawa Solectria Solar cheered on the home team earlier this month while celebrating the Red Sox opening day. The Sales office was filled with Fenway franks, peanuts and cracker jacks with the live game projected for all to watch. The seventh inning stretch was complete with some sing-a-longs and a raffle for 2-tickets to an upcoming game. 


Whiteman Airport Solar Project

Cal Poly Project

Location: Pacoima, CA
Project Size: 1.23 MWDC
Solectria Inverters: PVI 28TL (44)
Installer and Developer: Skybridge Renewables Corp
Equipment Sourced & Provided by: WESCO

Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
Project Size: 4.5 MWAC
Solectria Inverters: PVI 60TL (75)
Designed, Constructed & Maintained by: RECSolar

Shopping Mall

Hotel Real Intercontinental

Location: Medellín, Antioquia-Colombia
Project Size: 100 kWp
Solectria Inverters: PVI 36TL (2)
Designed & Installed by: Erco Energía S.A.S.


Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
Project Size: 423 kWp
Solectria Inverters: PVI 36TL (2), PVI 50TL (1) & PVI 60TL (4)
Project Developer: SOLAIRE, S.A. DE C.V.
Designed & Installed by: Advanced Energy de El Salvador, S.A. de C.V.

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Jonathon Smith
Control Software Engineering Manager
Jonathon joined Yaskawa Solectria Solar in January 2014 as part of the hardware engineering team. Though initially brought on to support system development for the XTM program, Jonathon quickly demonstrated skills in inverter control algorithms and was re-assigned to the software team. He has since led a team of engineers in developing and testing smart grid features for XTM compliance with California Rule 21 grid standards, as well as implementing features required for compliance in Brazil.

In December 2017 Jonathon accepted the position of Control Software Engineering Manager. He now leads a team of five engineers in developing control software for the XGI program and will continue to lead this and other control software development efforts at Solectria. As the leader for the control software team, Jonathon hopes to establish a software platform that can be easily adapted between projects. He works to make our products user-friendly for customers and the Solectria Technical Support and Service team, and to use innovative approaches to ensure that our products offer an edge over competitors.

Jonathon grew up and went to school in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Grove City College and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prior to Solectria Jonathon spent ten years working for General Dynamics Electric Boat as a project lead, developing inverters and converters used in shipboard systems. Jonathon has lived in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. During his free time, he enjoys music, running, swimming, hiking, skiing and travel.

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