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Rooftop Solar Electric Generator Project

[+] Author Affiliations
Jack Robinson, Jr.

South Carolina Electric & Gas, Cayce, SC

Robert J. Durscher

The Boeing Company, North Charleston, SC

Paper No. ICONE20-POWER2012-55120, pp. 827-831; 5 pages
doi:10.1115/ICONE20-POWER2012-55120
From:
  • 2012 20th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering and the ASME 2012 Power Conference
  • Volume 4: Codes, Standards, Licensing, and Regulatory Issues; Fuel Cycle, Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning; Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Coupled Codes; Instrumentation and Controls; Fuels and Combustion, Materials Handling, Emissions; Advanced Energy Systems and Renewables (Wind, Solar, Geothermal); Performance Testing and Performance Test Codes
  • Anaheim, California, USA, July 30–August 3, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division, Power Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4498-4
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME

abstract

South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G) and Boeing South Carolina (BSC) partnered in 2011 to build a large solar electric generator on the rooftop of the new BSC 787 Dreamliner Final Assembly Facility located in North Charleston, SC. The teams worked together through numerous challenges in constructing a facility on a rooftop not designed for traditional solar panel generation. This paper will discuss the technical challenges that had to be overcome and how this project fits into BSC renewable energy commitment for this facility. The project consists of the installation of over 18,000 thin film laminate solar panels, mounted on a 15 acre roof.

The facility uses four inverters, each rated at 700 kW, for a total installed system nameplate rating of 2800 kW. The inverters are close coupled to 480 VAC to 13.8 kVAC transformers. The 13.8 kVAC power is delivered to and solely used by the BSC facility via a 13.8 kVAC breaker in the switch gear building.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME

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