Emerson to provide power technology for U.S. solar energy project

Emerson's power inverters convert DC power from solar arrays into AC power, which is placed directly on the electric grid and is used by homes and businesses

St. Louis, May 16, 2011 — Emerson won a contract to supply power technology for one of the largest solar energy projects in the United States. Under an agreement with Wind Turbine & Energy Cables Corp., Emerson will provide utility-scale power inverters for a 30-MW solar power plant in Webberville, Texas.

Emerson's power inverters convert DC power from solar arrays into AC power, which is placed directly on the electric grid and is used by homes and businesses. Emerson's power inverters are controlled through an inverter management system.

Located just outside Austin, the Webberville project is expected to be operational by the end of the year and will generate clean electricity to power 5,000 homes. The project is financed, developed and owned by Fotowatio Renewable Ventures, a global independent power producer that develops, owns, and operates solar power plants worldwide.

WTEC is an electrical subcontractor for Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas), which develops, constructs, owns and operates renewable energy projects throughout North America. RES Americas is the engineering, procurement and construction contractor, and will provide operations and maintenance of the facility for five years.

The facility will provide electricity for Austin Energy for 25 years under a long-term power purchase agreement. Austin Energy is the ninth-largest public power utility in the United States.

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