Yaskawa – Solectria Solar Inverters Power the 1MW Goodyear Rubber Manufacturing Facility

Lawrence, MA – March 29, 2016 – Yaskawa –  Solectria Solar, the leading U.S. commercial PV inverter manufacturer, announced today that its three-phase, transformerless PVI 28TL inverters were installed at the Goodyear Rubber Manufacturing Facility in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The 1MW solar array is comprised of over 3,000 solar modules powered by 33 Solectria PVI 28TL inverters and cover the main manufacturing plant and five parking canopies.  The Goodyear Rubber Rancho Cucamonga facility was built in 1961 and the Company is an offshoot of the original Goodyear Rubber Company established in 1872.

This system was developed and integrated by REP Solar and completed in December 2015. Goodyear chose to have a PV system to reduce operating expenses and their carbon footprint. To view a video of the completed project, click here.

REP Solar, chose Yaskawa – Solectria Solar inverters based on their proven reliability and support. Luke Emard, CEO at REP Solar stated, “Yaskawa – Solectria Solar has been a great partner for PV projects, especially in the commercial space where they are ranked #1 in the U.S.  We’ve used their inverters for many years and can count on their demonstrated reliability and the unparalleled support and expertise from the sales and service departments.”

Yaskawa – Solectria Solar’s three-phase, transformerless commercial inverters feature unmatched efficiencies, design flexibility and reliability, which is why they are the #1 chosen inverter in the U.S. for commercial ground- and roof-mount arrays and parking structures. They are available in 14, 20, 23, 28 and 36kW and offer integrated, independent MPP Trackers, DC & AC disconnects, and fused string combiners.

“We are honored to be chosen to power the 1MW PV array at the most prestigious rubber company in the world,” said Phil Vyhanek, President of Yaskawa – Solectria Solar. “Our PVI-TL inverters are the best solution for commercial rooftop arrays – their flexibility and reliability reduce a system’s levelized cost of energy [LCOE] and produce the best financial returns.”

This 1MW PV system will produce approximately 40 million kWh and save the company $8,000,000 over 25 years. Their production in one year, about 1.7 million kWh, is equivalent to reducing 1,106 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), removing 134 cars from the road, 113,969 gallons of gasoline, providing 185 homes with electricity and powering 14,127 lightbulbs.

About Yaskawa - Solectria Solar

Yaskawa – Solectria Solar, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Yaskawa America, Inc., is the largest commercial inverter manufacturer in the U.S. Solectria’s products include 3.8 to 750 kW inverters, string combiners and web-based monitoring for all size solar systems. Solectria is backed by over 100 years of power electronics and inverter experience. All of Solectria’s three-phase central inverters are made in the USA.  PV System owners, developers and EPCs rely on the high performance, reliability and bankability of Yaskawa – Solectria Solar.  To learn more, please go to www.solectria.com.

About Renewable Energy Partners (REP)

REP Solar is a full service developer, integrator and O&M provider dedicated to renewable energy. REP Solar is focused on the development, integration, financing, construction, operation, maintenance and monitoring of clean energy projects. They have the expertise to assist clients with turn-key solutions for various technologies including our focus: solar photovoltaic and energy efficiency retrofits. REP Solar is committed to renewable energy and believes it is paramount to our country's future economy and environment. To learn more, please go to www.renewepi.com.

About Goodyear Rubber Company

Goodyear Rubber Company of Southern California is a total value-adding partner that offers custom rubber manufacturing solutions from tooling design and compound development to world class molding, extrusion, mixing, calendering, and roll-covering. Goodyear Rubber Company of Southern California is situated on 7+ acres of land with over 125,000 sf of manufacturing space. To learn more, go to www.goodyearrubber.com.



Natalie Holtgrefe
Sr. Marketing Manager


REP Solar:
Luke Emard


Goodyear Rubber Company:
Flynn Sears
Information Officer