Goodyear facility completes 1-MW install with Yaskawa-Solectria inverters


Three-phase, transformerless PVI 28TL inverters from Yaskawa – Solectria Solar were installed at the Goodyear Rubber Manufacturing Facility in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. The 1-MW solar array is comprised of over 3,000 solar modules powered by 33 Solectria PVI 28TL inverters and cover the main manufacturing plant and five parking canopies. The Goodyear Rubber Rancho Cucamonga facility was built in 1961 and the company is an offshoot of the original Goodyear Rubber Company established in 1872.

This system was developed and integrated by REP Solar and completed in December 2015. Goodyear chose to have a PV system to reduce operating expenses and their carbon footprint. REP Solar chose Yaskawa – Solectria Solar inverters based on their proven reliability and support.

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“Yaskawa – Solectria Solar has been a great partner for PV projects, especially in the commercial space where they are ranked #1 in the U.S.,” said Luke Emard, CEO at REP Solar. “We’ve used their inverters for many years and can count on their demonstrated reliability and the unparalleled support and expertise from the sales and service departments.”

Yaskawa – Solectria Solar’s three-phase, transformerless commercial inverters are available in 14, 20, 23, 28, and 36 kW and offer integrated, independent MPP Trackers, DC & AC disconnects, and fused string combiners.

This 1MW PV system will produce approximately 40 million kWh and save the company $8 million over 25 years. Their production in one year, about 1.7 million kWh, is equivalent to reducing the 1,106 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), removing 134 cars from the road, 113,969 gallons of gasoline, providing 185 homes with electricity and powering 14,127 lightbulbs.

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