Gulf South Solar Deploys OutBack Power Inverter Systems in Largest Grid-Interactive Installation in the Southern US

April 15, 2011

BATON ROUGE, LA – April 15, 2011 – Gulf South Solar, a distributor and integrator of renewable energy systems for the Gulf South region, announced today the completion of an 18.5 kW grid-interactive residential solar power system in Baton Rouge.  This tops the previous record of an 18.0 kW Outback/SolarWorld system Gulf South Solar installed 2 years ago in theLafayettearea.

The installation, the largest of its kind in the southern US, is based on the Outback FLEXpower TWO inverter systems which contain the proven GVFX Series Inverter/Chargers; a true sinewave grid-interactive power solution incorporating a DC to AC sinewave inverter, battery charger and AC transfer switch in a die-cast aluminum chassis.  This “six stack” has 21.6 kW of inverter capacity.  The roof-mounted residential array incorporates 75 SolarWorld SW-245 SunModules with its performance monitored and enhanced with a TIGO Energy Maximizer system.

“We are pleased to be chosen as the integrator for such a high profile installation,” said Jeff Shaw, President of Gulf South Solar.  “Our experience with Outback Power has been wonderful and will continue to integrate their products into our designs.”

“OutBack Power Technologies is the leading designer and manufacturer of advanced power electronics for renewable energy, back-up power and mobile applications,” said OutBack Vice President of Global Sales President, Glenn Baker.  “Our systems have been deployed worldwide and we are glad to be partnering with Gulf South Solar on this important installation.”

About GulfSouthSolar
Gulf South Solar is an integrator of renewable energy systems and a distributor of Outback Power, SolarWorld, Tigo Energy and many other quality products.  Gulf South Solar completes innovative renewable energy projects that provide reliable electric power for their customers.  Gulf South Solar’s staff has extensive design and equipment installation experience and share a passion for leading the industry. Gulf South Solar is located inBaton Rouge,LA. For more information, please visit www.gulfsouthsolar.com.

OutBack Power Technologies, Inc. manufactures innovative power conversion solutions that integrate solar, wind and hydro resources to provide reliable electric power for the renewable energy, mobile and backup power markets. OutBack Power’s engineers have decades of power conversion electronics design and equipment installation experience and share a passion for leading the industry into a new era of performance, ease of use, durability, and standardization.  OutBack Power is a member of The Alpha Group.

The Alpha Group represents an alliance of independent companies united by a common goal: the development and manufacture of total power solutions.

Who Is Keeping PV Clean? New Rankings Reveal The Top 10 Manufacturers

With rapidly increasing global module production volumes, managing the environmental footprint of PV module manufacturing has taken on great urgency. Solar energy’s supporters and detractors alike readily acknowledge the potential environmental and public-health risks that manufacturing can pose.

Myths, misinformation and corporate opacity, however, often interfere with honest dialogue about the problem and investigation into possible solutions. In its newly released 2011 Solar Scorecard, nonprofit organization Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) brings concrete data points and rankings into the discussion.

The scorecard rates the world’s major PV module manufacturing players on four “green manufacturing” criteria: product takeback and recycling, worker health and safety issues at PV facilities and in the supply chain, chemical use and lifecycle analysis, and company disclosure statements.

All scores are based on manufacturers’ responses to a survey from SVTC. Although 40 firms were asked to participate, only 15 responded – perhaps a telling survey finding in itself when a primary emphasis is on transparency and accountability.

Overall, Germany-based crystalline PV module manufacturer SolarWorld took the No. 1 spot, with an overall score of 91 out of 100. The company received top marks for product takeback and recycling, as well as for supply chain and green jobs.

In its survey responses, SolarWorld garnered points for such environmentally friendly actions as sending its returned modules to a third-party recycling facility, prohibiting the export of end-of-life modules from developed countries to developing countries, and conducting audits to monitor its supply chain for environmental and health issues. The company also stated that its does not use prison labor for production or recycling.

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