GE Installed the First 1,500-Volt Solar Inverter in Japan

13.04.2017
GE was chosen to provide two, LV5 1-MW, 1,500-volt inverters to Looop Co., Ltd. (Photo: GE)
GE was chosen to provide two, LV5 1-MW, 1,500-volt inverters to Looop Co., Ltd. (Photo: GE)

Following an agreement reached last year, GE has successfully delivered and installed one of two 1,500-Volt solar inverters in the Ibaragi prefecture. The unit is now in smooth operation in Looop Co. Ltd.’s PV-plant, as the manufacturer announced. The successful commercial operation of the unit marks the entry of 1,500-volt solar technology in Japan’s solar market.

Renewable energy is reshaping the energy landscape in Japan. At the time of a shrinking feed-in-tariff, Japanese energy companies are concentrated on improving their technology to enable more cost-effective solar energy. The Looop Co., Ltd. relied on GE-technology to achieve this.

“Looop strives to make renewable energy become the central pillar of the electricity generation in Japan. We embrace advanced technology that leads to more cost-effective and thus, more viable, solar energy production. The partnership with GE has strengthened our confidence to achieve the goal,” said Soichiro Nakamura, president of Looop Co., Ltd.

GE was chosen to provide two, LV5 1-megawatt (MW), 1,500-volt inverters to Looop. As GE points out, the units can provide broad-ranging benefits compared to the last generation of 1,000-volt inverters. The more-efficient inverter technology reduces costs associated with infrastructure, deployment and operation expenditures, which can lead to up to a 3 percent lower system cost and up to 15 percent less in maintenance costs.

Philipp Kronsbein / GE

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