Sungrow, the global leading inverter solution supplier for renewables, has supplied 34 inverters completing a 127.5 MW solar facility in Wapello, Iowa. The Wapello Solar project, developed by Clēnera and constructed by RES, progressed with little to no delays despite beginning construction during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the largest solar project in Iowa, Wapello Solar entered into commercial operation on March 8, 2021.
“Wapello Solar highlights RES’ vision to create a future where everyone has access to affordable zero carbon energy, and we are pleased to see this project achieve commercial operation,” said Tim Jordan, Senior VP of Solar Construction at RES. “This project is a real credit to all the construction workers, suppliers and stakeholders who worked tirelessly to get to the finish line.”
Occupying nearly 800 acres of land in Louisa County, the project features 318,000 Risen Energy bifacial solar panels, which are fixed to FTC Solar’s Voyager single – axis trackers. Louisa County is already realizing the significant economic benefits, with an anticipated $5.2 million in tax revenue.
“Sungrow continually delivers high-performing products and service to Clēnera’s projects throughout the country. Having dependable technology partners, such as Sungrow, is a necessary component to ensure that Clēnera continues to work toward providing reliable, affordable and clean energy,” said Clēnera’s VP of Construction, Michael Gallego.
“The Wapello Solar project is another landmark for the strong multi-year partnership between Sungrow and Clēnera. Clēnera’s entrepreneurial and impressive PV and Storage portfolio met with Sungrow’s bankability and technological prowess will continue to effectively support the national mobilization towards building the renewable future,” said Hank Wang, President of Sungrow Americas.
“We look forward to supplying Clēnera projects through dynamic industry leaders like RES and are energized by their enthusiasm in selecting Sungrow as a long-term technology partner,” added Karsten Mall, Sungrow’s recently appointed General Manager of the Company’s North American division.
The project will power 21,000 homes. Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) is purchasing the demand and energy from the plant through an exclusive 25-year power purchase agreement.