Dan Brdar, Petra Solar’s Chief Operating Officer, says, “The launch of our international SunWave system further demonstrates Petra Solar’s ongoing commitment to expanding its international business, and developing the solar and Smart Grid markets in new regions around the world. The growing global demand for diversified energy portfolios that include renewable resources, along with job creation, provides a tremendous opportunity for Petra Solar throughout the world.”
As part of its international expansion plans, Petra Solar is deploying a pilot program in Australia as part of the Magnetic Island Solar Suburb initiative being undertaken by Ergon Energy for the Townsville Queensland Solar City project. Through initiatives carried out on Magnetic Island, Ergon Energy aims to reduce peak demand and electricity usage, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save customers money, and defer network investment.
Petra Solar’s pilot project, including the SunWave Energy Solution installed on three different rooftops in Magnetic Island, Australia, will enable Ergon Energy to assess the solar energy production as well as the grid monitoring and reliability features of the product.
Ergon Energy’s General Manager Emerging Opportunities, Glenn Walden, observes, “Electricity distribution networks are facing increasing challenges as the prevalence of distributed generation, particularly solar photovoltaic systems, increases. Ergon Energy is trialing the Smart Grid capabilities of the Petra Solar SunWave system to manage voltage rise problems created by PV systems.”
According to Petra, “SunWave SEM devices are integrated with high efficiency PV modules and deployed as a solar AC module to provide solar energy directly to the electric grid 230 volt secondary power line. SunWave Solar AC Systems provide significant benefits over traditional DC string solar arrays including 15-20 percent more energy harvest, no high DC voltage, and automatic grid disconnect when load is removed.”
Petra Solar’s SunWave system provides distributed clean energy that ties directly into the electric grid. For more information, visit www.petrasolar.com.