A manufacturer of power inverters for the renewable energy industry, California-based Power-One, will open its first North American manufacturing facility in Phoenix. This marks the sixth such company to move to Greater Phoenix since January, drawn by the state’s landmark Renewable Energy Tax Incentive Program.
Production at the Phoenix facility starts October 2010 and will reach a capacity of 1 GW by mid 2011. The company makes Aurora brand power inverters with what they claim is up to 96% efficiency, or 99% when used with wind power.
Power-One manufactures renewable energy and energy-efficient power management equipment and holds 11% of the global photovoltaic inverter market share, according to IMS Research.
The company manufactures a range of inverters, which make electricity from solar and wind sources usable for residential, commercial, and utility-grade solar and wind markets. Power-One’s Phoenix facility will produce its photovoltaic and wind inverters, including single phase string inverters (2 to 6 kW), three phase string inverters, and NEMA 3R 250 kW, 300 kW, and 400 kW central inverters. For utility applications, products will include 2.5 MW inverters. Photovoltaic solar energy does not rely on vast amounts of water as steam-generating solar power does.
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