GUANAMBI, BAHIA STATE, Brazil (Sept. 3, 2018) – GE Power (NYSE: GE) was chosen by EPC Construtora Quebec, a Brazilian engineering company, to provide its 4.4-megawatt (MW) and 2.2-MW LV5 1,500-volt inverters and skids for the 14-MW Verde Vale III project in Guanambi, Brazil. This project is owned by Vientos Solutions, an owner and operator of energy infrastructure assets in emerging markets.
Compared to its 1,000-volt peers, the LV5 1,500-volt inverter technology from GE’s Power Conversion business has a higher voltage, enabling a simpler and more efficient farm infrastructure layout given the same target of energy output. This technology can also deliver reduced system cost as well as operating expenses. More importantly, it has obtained accreditation of the Brazil’s Bank of Economic and Social Development, meaning that it meets the local content requirement.
GE will provide the full service to EPC Construtora Quebec, managing the assembling, the commissioning and the maintenance needed to guarantee the optimal performance and durability of the full electrical balance of plant, including inverters’ stations, high-voltage transformers and substations and connection bay.
“Having the right, reliable partner is crucial in today’s ever more competitive solar industry. In the Vale Verde III project, GE’s highly efficient solar solution ensures us a solar project that will have reduced capex and opex, allowing us to create real value for the plant’s long-term performance,” said Scott Wells, CEO, Construtora Quebec.
“I am excited about the close relationship we nourish with customers like Quebec and the Brazilian renewable market. We have, up through today, provided more than 1 gigawatt (GW) of inverters to uphold our commitment to bringing down the levelized cost of electricity in Brazil, providing clean and efficient power to the local community,” said Patrick Fetzer, CEO, Solar, GE’s Power Conversion business.
“Solar is shining bright in Latin America. As the leading market on the continent, Brazil just hit 1 GW of solar installed capacity at the beginning of the year, demonstrating strong interest and ambition in developing PV technology to diversify the future power mix. We are committed to continuing our quest to shaping a more sustainable and clean energy landscape in the region,” said Azeez Mohammed, president & CEO, GE’s Power Conversion.