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G&W Recloser Tech Connects Renewables to the Grid

Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 8.50.53 PMAs 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.

Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 8.53.17 PMAdditionally, 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.

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Main Office

175 Andover Street
Suite 301
Danvers, MA 01923

p: 978-535-9800
f: 978-535-9888

Branch Offices

Syracuse NY
p: 978-548-5814

Rochester, NY
p: 978-548-5816

Wilmington, DE
p: 978-548-5815

Long Branch, NJ
p: 978-548-5823

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