USA: Upsolar, a leading international provider of solar PV modules, has been selected by Pristine Sun to supply a minimum of 10 MW of its SmartModules for solar farms in California. This agreement highlights the swelling interest in truly integrated SmartModules.
Upsolar SmartModules combine the company's high-quality, high-performance PV modules with Tigo Energy's optimized power electronics, which are integrated into the module's junction box. Benefits of SmartModules include:
* Up to 30 percent more modules per string , which reduces electrical BOS costs.
* Increased system production.
* Enhanced module-level monitoring.
* Improved safety, fire arc fault and theft prevention.
"We are pleased to have selected Upsolar modules for at least 10 MW of our California portfolio of small utility projects. The combination of Upsolar's bankability, payment terms and product and performance warranties made the company an unbeatable candidate for our utility-scale portfolio," said Troy Helming, CEO of Pristine Sun.
"In addition to excelling in these areas, Upsolar has some of the strongest financials of any module provider in the industry. Most importantly, as long-term owners and operators of our projects, Upsolar's quality and performance stood out. Our funding partners agree so it's likely we will add to our commitment going forward."
Pristine Sun's COO, Jason Jackson, added: "Upsolar's Smart Modules mitigate performance challenges related to everyday occurrences like soiling, shading, module mismatch and temperature differentials, while increasing power harvest in every module. The performance data offered through Smart Modules is a nice bonus as well."
Project construction has begun on Pristine Sun's 50 MW portfolio of utility-scale PV projects in California. The electricity generated by the projects will be sold to the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).
"Pristine Sun's pipeline of projects in California is truly impressive, and we're pleased to have the opportunity to work together on these projects," said Reed Richerson, National Key Account manager for Upsolar America. "It is especially gratifying to see our Smart Module product adopted by high-quality organizations like Pristine Sun and their partners."