At 5MW, USVI Solar I is on the U.S. Virgin Islands. Installed on challenging terrain and under harsh weather conditions on Saint Thomas, the system covers ten percent of the island's energy needs. KACO new energy supplied the quintessential robust inverter technology.
A hard-to-access area known for its heavy rainfall, mountainous terrain and Hurricane Cristobal: there were myriad challenges for people and material in constructing the USVI Solar I solar park on Saint Thomas. As such, the demands for the products to be used were also high. The inverters in particular need to withstand the extreme conditions. The project planners, AES Distributed Energy, therefore selected the 32 and 50 kilowatt string inverters in the KACO new energy blueplanet TL3 range. 96 of these devices which are suitable for outdoor installation were deployed in a decentralised layout.
"Getting one central inverter of over 3,000 kilograms in weight to the installation site would have been too great a challenge. Compact string inverters offer more flexibility and were thus the logical choice here", said Eduardo Casilda Weissen, KACO new energy‘s Senior Director of Sales for Latin America and the Caribbean.