Subsol selects APsystems micro-inverter technology for a large scale social housing project

Developer of roof integrated solar plants Subsol has selected microinverter company APsystems to supply microinverters for more than 280 solar power plants in Vienne, France.
Subsol selects APsystems micro-inverter technology for a large scale social housing project

APsystems announced it has been selected by Subsol to be its partner in providing micro-inverter solutions for over 12,000 square metres of solar roofing in the metropolitan area of Vienne, Isère, France. A portfolio combining individual and collective multi-residential social housing projects and some small commercial public buildings will be able to provide approximately 2MWh/year, equivalent to the annual consumption of 680 households.

“It is a project put into place by the mayor, financed by local authorities and citizens, and developed above all to bring added value to the territory” said Jean-Baptiste Rouquerol, CEO of Subsol. “We chose APsystems because of its extensive range of micro-inverter solutions, making it possible to easily address single-phase residential projects as well as small commercial buildings with a native 3-phase microinverter solution. The fact of having a local team to support us throughout the project, from the study phase to the ongoing installation phase, has reinforced our decision to work with APsystems. Subsol is committed to these socially responsible projects and wishes to develop awareness of energy efficiency among tenants.”

Olivier Jacques, Executive Vice President, APsystems, added that the innovation not only comes from the business model it is based on but also from the social dimension it carries. Solar energy in urban and built-up areas allows room for more innovative, safe and productive solutions. The company is expecting the installation to become a source of inspiration for other cities.

The project is scheduled for completion by July 2018 at a rate of 45 installations per month. Thanks to APsystems’ complete solution that includes 1 micro-inverter for 2 or 4 panels, cables and accessories and an ECU communication gateway used to commission the system, enabling access to online energy monitoring anywhere, anytime via the EMA portal, the installation team, an average of 3 people, is able to complete an 8 or 9kWp installation in only 2 days, ensuring that each site meets its completion date.

APsystems was founded in Silicon Valley USA in 2009 and has grown to encompass three global business units with offices around the world, serving customers in more than 80 countries. Its multi-module microinverters include the YC1000, the world’s best-selling 3-phase microinverter. The company has hundreds of thousands of units installed producing more than 142 GWh of clean, renewable energy.

Subsol is a design office which has been involved for more than 5 years in the construction of roof integrated solar power plants. Its installations are drawn from a synergy between the specific competences related to buildings (thermal, electrical, Promotelec labelling) and photovoltaics. The Archelios solar field, design and calculation software used by Subsol was recognised by Photon magazine in April 2011 as the 3rd top software worldwide for its precision results in the context of comparing forecast results with photovoltaic power plants in operation.

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