Photovoltaic System at Phoenix Convention Center West Building

The Phoenix Convention Center is completing the installation of a 100kw (kilowatt) solar collection system at the new West Building, which opened in July of 2006. The system is a unique, lightweight, thin-film, photovoltaic laminate that will be adhered directly to the existing roof structure. Uni-Solar of Auburn Hills, Michigan is the manufacturer of this flexible laminate which also tolerates roof temperatures exceeding 180 degrees. Given Phoenix’s desert environment, this is a must-have for our geographic location. Solectria Corporation of Lawrence, Massachusetts was selected to provide the commercial three-phase photovoltaic inverter which will convert the DC (direct current) power into usable AC (alternating current) power. Solectria is a worldwide leader in Renewable Distributed Generation applications since 1989.

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