A Leader in Renewables

Products – DPW Solar has a full-line of reliable, field proven, racking systems for pole mount, roof top and ground mount applications.  DPW’s mounting systems continue to out-perform in harsh environments on stadiums, airports, retail stores, schools, universities and commercial buildings worldwide.  See youtube clip – Engineering – DPW has a full staff of engineers that support product innovation but more importantly, you, the customer.  DPW’s products are wind tunnel tested and (where applicable) fire test certification (see website for details).  We work daily with  consultants and customers to develop full layouts and offer possible money saving alternatives. Market Presence – DPW Solar has been providing field proven racking systems since 1993.  Please keep that in mind.  This was long before micro-grids or distributed generation became household names.  We are the one steady force in the industry., Backed by a Proven Industry Leader – PLP acquired DPW Solar in 2007.  Since that time, the company has taken incredible strides into the Electric Utility Industry.  Together, we offer a combined company that knows and, more importantly, understands the Renewable, traditional C&I and Electric Utility world. U.S. Company – with manufacturing in Albermarle, NC and engineering and support in Albuqueque, NM, DPW Solar can offer quick turn-around times on technical issues and products....

G&W Recloser Tech Connects Renewables to the Grid

As demand for clean energy increases, customers are searching for inexpensive yet efficient means for renewable integration. G&W Electric has developed a new padmounted recloser, the Viper-S (38kV, 800A continuous current, 12.5kA symmetrical interrupting, six internal voltage sensors and microprocessor control) in order to integrate renewables into the grid. Recently, a college established a need for a highly featured recloser to protect and connect a new array of PV panels to the grid. The college purchased a  25 year fixed rate agreement and needed reliable yet affordable equipment  to insure economic viability over time. After reviewing several options, the developer selected G&W’s padmounted Viper-S recloser to protect their solar investment. The cost of a padmounted G&W Viper recloser is significantly lower than a typical SF6 circuit-breaker or metal-enclosed switchgear. Most breakers are designed for higher continuous currents and fault-duty ratings, thus excessive for demands of smaller solar operations like this one. Continuous currents and fault duty ratings of the G&W Viper-S are sufficient for most applications. Additionally, the Viper-S is virtually maintenance-free. There are no gas or oil insulation levels to inspect or test on a regular basis. The only recommended replacement part is the relay battery, which can be monitored remotely and easily replaced after several years of service. Finally, the G&W solution is designed to operate for a service life of 30 years. This includes up to 10,000 full-load operations, giving the site owner the ability to open and close the circuit depending on fluctuations in utility rates. Full White Paper...