Q3 2015 Yaskawa - Solectria Solar Company Newsletter

Newsletter - Q2 2015  
Solectria Becomes Yaskawa - Solectria Solar

A little over a year ago, Solectria was acquired by one of the largest industrial drive manufacturers in the world - Yaskawa Electric Corporation, a $3.6B company - through it's U.S. subsidiary, Yaskawa America, Inc. Yaskawa - Solectria Solar has and will continue to operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Yaskawa.

At the time of the acquisition, Solectria Renewables became Solectria - A Yaskawa Company to reflect the acquisition. Now, to reflect Solectria's evolved brand and identity, it has become Yaskawa - Solectria Solar. This name change does not affect how the company operates nor has its products or personnel changed.

To learn more, please CLICK HERE to read the press release from July 2014.

Should you have any questions, please contact Natalie Holtgrefe, Sr. Marketing Manager, natalie.holtgrefe@solectria.com.

Product Introduction: Decentralized MW Solution

At Solar Power International, Yaskawa - Solectria Solar introduced its newest product solution to the market - the Decentralized MW Solution.  It is the first of its kind to be offered by an inverter manufacturer. This solution combines three-phase, transformerless string inverters with an AC Panel Board/Switch Board, Transformer and optional Monitoring, making Solectria a one-stop solution provider for its customers.

Solectria's Director of Sales, Mark Goodreau, stated in a press release last month, "Solectria seeks to provide easier methods for its customers to engineer and design their arrays. By offering a complete solution, it takes the guess work out of deciding which AC panel board or transformer should be used when designing megawatt or multi-megawatt arrays."

To read the press release from last month, CLICK HERE.  To learn more about the Decentralized MW Solution, CLICK HERE. Or, click below to watch a walk through of the solution.

To request additional information, including pricing, please contact your sales rep or email inverters@solectria.com

Q2 2015 Shows No Signs of Solar Slowing - An Industry Perspective

Key Facts:
Source: GTM Research/SEIA September 2015
  • Total PV installed in Q2 was 1,393 MWdc 
  • Cumulative installations in the U.S. have reached 20GWdc
  • The total cumulative GW for 2015 is expected to be 7.7GWdc with most rapid growth in the residential market
  • Residential market grew 6% over Q1 2015 and 70% over Q2 2014
  • Commercial market was down Q over Q and Y over Y
  • Utility-scale market is still growing in record numbers, but is projected to decline rapidly with the end of the ITC in 2016
  • 40% of all new electric generating capacity that came online in the first half of 2015 came from solar
The three stages SEIA thinks will define the U.S. Solar Market over the next decade:
  • Stage 1 (Today through 2016): As we know, the federal ITC is expected to expire 12/31/16. With that, 2016 is projected to be a banner year with 18GWdc expected to come online in the 2nd half of the year.
  • Stage 2 (2017-2019): A period of uncertainty assuming the ITC expires. Solar projects will continue, but the growth of the market will stall as compared to the prior 5 years.
  • Stage 3 (2020-2025):  "New Era of Growth" and the beginning of the Clean Power Plan compliance era which incentivizes states to support the solar market.
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Solectria Happenings
Yaskawa - Solectria Solar is now a member of SEIA

Yaskawa - Solectria Solar has been a member of various solar organizations such as CALSEIA, COSEIA, SEPA and SunSpec for several years.  Most recently, Solectria joined SEIA in support of their mission and work in the solar industry, especially the ITC extension. SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to champion the use of clean, affordable solar in America by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy.

Yaskawa - Solectria Solar Supports the Hike for Hope in its Annual Walk

Yaskawa - Solectria Solar is committed to supporting local community charities.  Since 2012, we have sponsored and participated in the Hike for Hope, an annual walk-a-thon to support the Lazarus House Ministries.  Lazarus House Ministries helps head of households and individuals living in poverty regain their dignity and become self sufficient members of our community by offering emergency shelter, food and clothing to people in crisis and then providing transitional housing, advocacy, health services, education and work preparation to permanently break the cycle of poverty.

Recent Installations

Park City Municipal Athletic and Recreation Center

Location: Park City, Utah

Project Size: 207kW
Inverters/Products: QTY 7, PVI 28TL; SolrenView Monitoring

Sunnyside Ranch Community Solar Project

Location: Carbondale, Colorado
Project Size: 1.79MW
Inverters: QTY 2, SGI 500PE; QTY 1, SGI 300; QTY 1, SGI 225


Meet our Team!

Mercedes Pereyra
International Applications Engineer
Mercedes brings over 5 years of experience working both in the private and public sector.  She is from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she studied chemical engineering.  After graduating in 2009, she worked as a teaching and research assistant at her alma mater, the Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, served as energy technical adviser to the country’s National Congress and interned at Tomas Bata University in Zlin in the Czech Republic. She has also worked for large global companies such as Shell and Skanska. In 2014, Mercedes started working for Vertex Energia, a Mexican developer/investor, engineering renewable energy projects in Latin America. While there, she led the design and development of over 200MW of projects.
In 2013, Mercedes was accepted for a Fulbright scholarship at the University of Massachusetts. During her studies, she was a graduate research assistant working on solar fuels and was appointed as president of the Solar Energy Graduate Association. This past spring, she was awarded a master’s degree in Energy Engineering, with a minor in renewable (solar) engineering and the 2015 Dean’s Gold Medal for Energy Engineering and the Graduate Student of the Year Award for 2014–2015. After graduating, she joined Yaskawa - Solectria Solar as our International Applications Engineer.
Mercedes speaks Spanish and English fluently and is a certified LEED Green Associate and a member of Women in Solar Energy (WISE).
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