10kW Grid-Tied System to be used as training tool for students
Albuquerque, NM -April 29, - 2003 Sacred Power Corporation, a native, American-owned and operated renewable energy manufacturing firm announced today it was nearing the end of the 2-year Department of Energy funded project, with the completion of its showcase project within the program.
The 10-kilowatt photovoltaic, single-axis tracking, grid-tied solar carport will provide a learning example technology for the myriad of Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) students who are enrolled in the newly created Renewable Energy curriculum, which is the main focus of the program.
This Solar Carport is the second largest scale photovoltaic array for Sacred Power Corporation; the first being at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Differences in the two systems include single axis tracking along a North-South Axis for the SIPI system as well as four separate inverters for each of the four (4) sub-arrays. This allows for modularity of manufacture and installation - experience learned from the installation of the first system.
SIPI students will learn how photovoltaic systems are connected to the local utility grid, how to design systems that are electrically acceptable to be connected to the grid, and how to complete the documentation necessary to file with the Public Regulatory Commission, among other things.
The Tracking Solar Carport is in the parking lot of SIPI's brand new $6M Science and Technology Center which is still under construction. SIPI administrators - Ron Hooks and Val Montoya chose the location because of the technology involved.
Other renewable energy components in the program include a 1kW Wind Turbine, viewable from Paseo Del Norte, a stand-alone PV-hybrid system, two different types of photovoltaic water pumping systems, solar hot air system and a yet to be completed solar hot water system.
This project has been showcased by Department of Energy's Sandia National Labs (SNL) and the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) as a prime example of renewable energy application, with Native American cultural attributes.
Sacred Power Corporation is national leader in renewable energy for industry and government. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through clean, free, renewable energy.