22 Aug '11, 4pm

In Race for Solar Integration, N.J. Company Takes Pole Position

In Race for Solar Integration, N.J. Company Takes Pole Position

Petra Solar is attempting to go the way of the utility pole in an effort to ingrain renewable energy into neighborhoods across its home state of New Jersey. And it’s doing this by jumping onto the back of those poles, quite literally. The five-year-old solar company is behind a 40-megawatt project being installed for PSE&G , the largest utility in New Jersey. There are no solar farms or sprawling rooftop installations, but rather individual 220-watt modules mounted 15 feet up on utility poles across a wide swath of the state. In all, PSE&G is halfway through installing between 180,000 and 200,000 units — one pole at a time — in the 300 towns and cities that the utility serves. The individual modules each feed directly into the grid, and they act as independent units. Together through Petra Solar’s software and monitoring network, they form a virtual power plant. If the sam...

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