24 Sep '12, 2pm

Tech Tour: Orlando Convention Center 1-MW Rooftop Solar Array #solarenergy #solartech

Tech Tour: Orlando Convention Center 1-MW Rooftop Solar Array #solarenergy #solartech

Solar Power International (SPI) brought attendees up to the roof daily during the show to tromp through the electrical workings of the OCCC and check out the array, the four Satcon 250-kW inverters, and the Fat Spaniel monitoring technology. Fat Spaniel was acquired by Power-One in 2010, but the boxes still bear the Fat Spaniel name. According to tour guide Brian Kennedy, who works for the convention center, the system offsets about 10 percent of the buildings’ electrical use, which he pointed out, doesn’t seem like a lot. However, when you consider that the convention center’s electric bill is $1 million per month, it’s a pretty significant chunk of electricity, he said. At one point during the tour, Kennedy checked the monitors and announced the panels were making about 428 kW at the moment. “Not bad for 9:49 in the morning,” he said. Since it’s in Florida, Solar Source ...

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