Opel Solar Inc. is a supplier of single and dual axis solar tracker systems and high concentration photovoltaic (“HCPV”) solar panels, and a semiconductor device and process developer. The company says its TF-800, ground-mounted, single-axis tracker features easy installation and programming that reverses the motion of the tracker to eliminate inter-row shadowing. This allows for bigger systems to be installed in smaller areas. A complete 10-kW system can be assembled in less than 4 hours without the need of special machinery, tools or welding in the field.
The company’s trackers were used in a solar installation at the Aquarion Water Company’s D.W. Loiselle Water Treatment Plant at Trap Falls Reservoir in Shelton, Connecticut. Construction began on the project in September of 2011. After successful completion and generation of electricity, The United Illuminating Company approved of the facility in December of last year.
The solar facility uses both TF-800 single-axis and SF-45 dual-axis trackers. Because of the trackers, the Aquarion project is expected to produce approximately 43 MWh of energy per year, representing about 22% more energy than would be expected from the same panels in a fixed installation. The project offsets the energy required to operate the water facility. As part of the agreement, OPEL built and now operates this solar power plant.
Leon M. Pierhal, Opel Technologies CEO, says this is first installation for the company at a private or municipally-owned water plant.
“Our solar tracker installations are an ideal, cost effective model for private utilities and municipalities worldwide,” he says. “Having this facility to demonstrate to customers visiting our headquarters reinforces the interest in our systems.” SPW
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