Los Angeles, October 13, 2010 — GE will be working with Mortenson Construction to install a 700 kW ground-mounted thin-film photovoltaic system demonstration project.
Mortenson has installed thousands of GE wind turbines in North America and the two companies will now be analyzing innovative ways to reduce solar cost through new technology and rigorous process improvements.
The demonstration project will focus on GE’s Utility Scale Solar Plant, which includes GE’s thin film modules, racking and cabling and Brilliance inverters and SunIQ monitoring and control system, as well as GE-Prolec transformers.
The solar plant also will come with a system-wide performance guarantee backed by GE. It will be located in Durham, N.C.
“Working together with Mortenson, GE will show how the best-in-class solar technologies incorporated into GE’s Utility Scale Solar Plant offer the lowest cost of electricity in large-scale solar installations,” said Victor Abate, vice president of renewable energy for GE Power and Water. “We believe that customers, as well as financiers, will look favorably on GE’s newly engineered equipment package.”
“This demonstration project will help GE and Mortenson, who have proved success in the U.S. wind turbine industry, best prepare for the growth in the utility scale solar space,” said Mark Donahue, general manager of Mortenson’s Renewable Energy Groups. To date, Mortenson has been involved in the construction of more than 80 wind power projects, totaling more than 8,000 MW across the U.S. and Canada.