In May 2011, Enterprise Solutions and ABEC Electric Company, Inc. broke ground on a 1MW solar farm located on a six-acre tract located adjacent to the Schneider Electric plant in Smyrna, Tennessee.
The project consisted of 3,456 Suntech Reliathon 280W panels mounted on a Terrafix (earth screws) racking system. Several of Schneider Electric’s divisions provided products for the system. Schneider solar inverters, Juno Lighting Group LED projects, transformers, panel board, 27-kV switchgear and other devices were installed in the project.
This solar farm is the first dual voltage farm in the United States. It can operate at both 100 DVC and 600 DVC. The farm enables Schneider to further its research and testing of renewable energy and will generate approximately 1.3 million kWh of electricity annually.
At 1000 volts of operation, Schneider uses 40% fewer parallel connections than 600V operations and reduces the fraction of energy lost to resistance by transmitting electricity at a higher voltage.
The project qualified for a 30 percent federal tax credit and the TVA Generation Partners Program, which offers a premium on all solar generated power that Schneider sells back to TVA.