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Zigor Corporación performs the commissioning of the first On-grid PV Power Plant in Ecuador

March 2013

On January 29th 2013 the Photovoltaic Power Plant of Paragachi was officially connected to the Ecuadorian Grid, a collaborative project between Zigor Corporación and Valsolar Ecuador. The 1MW power plant, first one of this kind to be connected to the country network, occupies 3.5 hectares and is located in the province of Imbabura, which is one of the areas with the highest solar irradiation in Ecuador.

Zigor Corporación, a leader in the energy market located in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain), in addition to provide technical advice while designing and sizing the plant, has also supervise the installation works done by the local installer, has performed the start-up and has trained maintenance technicians from the plant operator. As a result of the agreement with Valsolar Ecuador, Zigor Corporación has provided all the necessary components for the construction of the solar plant.

As a novelty, the plant is equipped with a Sunzet Power Station of 1MW, Plug & Play solution, housed in a 40' container that provides quick and efficient connection between the solar field and the Grid. The container comes fully equipped according to the installation needs. In this particular case, with 8 inverters Sunzet 125 MV, the medium-voltage cells, the medium voltage transformer and the energy meters. In addition to this, it has been also supplied the intelligent string concentrators, Sunzet String Box, allowing real time check of the current at each string of solar panels, all through the Plant Monitoring System SCADA SWS-1000, designed and manufactured by Zigor. Zigor has also supplied 4160 solar panels of 240Wp (total 998.4 kWp), the support structures and the wires for the inter-connection of the whole plant.

The 1MW PV plant will generate clean energy; will improve the quality of energy services and will save millions of dollars in fuel and energy imports from other countries, in addition to reducing CO2 emissions considerably.


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