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PV Arrays; Photovoltaics


This paper covers the design and installation of an 11 peak kilowatt (kWp) grid-connected photovoltaic system on the roof of the new facilities at the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC7). The main objectives of this work are to demonstrate the application of photovoltaics (PV) as a demand-side management option for meeting peak commercial electric loads and provide a typical PV array and system design for commercial buildings. The PV array consists of 48 ASE America=s EFG ribbon silicon modules and is interfaced with three Omnion 4kW power conditioners. The complete array and system electrical design and installation were performed by FSEC staff and comply with 1996 National Electric Code. The installed PV system is instrumented for detailed system performance data collection to assess the efficacy of the PV system generation profile in meeting the building air-conditioning load profile, which is a major contributor to total peak electric loads in Florida. Key words: Small Grid-connected PV Systems - 1: PV Array - 2: Demand-Side - 3

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Photovoltaics; PV Arrays



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