Schneider Electric to optimize 17 MW project with complete electrical balance of system (BOS), the first for the company in Japan
Jul. 8, 2015

Burnaby, Canada, July 8, 2015 — Schneider Electric™ Solar Business, a global leader in solutions for the solar power conversion chain, is pleased to announce that they have provided the complete electrical balance of system (BOS) for a 17 MW project in Japan.


Schneider Electric will provide a complete solution including PV Boxes, Array Boxes, and Monitoring and Control, using Schneider Electric’s SCADA solution, Conext Control. Schneider Electric’s offer results in a reduction of on-site labor costs and improves project execution time by providing packaged containerized power conversion systems, which houses Conext Core XC inverters, DC re-combiners, medium voltage switchgears, and a transformer.


For this project, Schneider Electric is working with saferay, a leading solar company, on their first PV project in Japan.


“We believe that through this project with saferay, we have once again proven that our fully integrated solution has significantly contributed to a decrease in the installation costs and verification tests at site, while ensuring a high level of quality, reliability, and compatibility for the customer”, said Daniel Chua, Vice President, Commercial – North Asia for the Solar Business.


This is the first project above 10 MW in Japan for Schneider Electric where they will deploy their full solution of PV Boxes, Array Boxes, and Monitoring and Control.


“For our mega solar projects, we are looking for high quality, compact PV power solutions provided by a reliable and bankable partner. Schneider Electric has our trust and confidence through years of collaboration in the European market”, said Dr. Thomas Gnefkow, Director, saferay K.K., continuing, “We are very happy to be able to extend this partnership to projects in Japan where Schneider Electric greatly supports us, not only with their solutions and services capability, but with thorough knowledge around local regulations, codes, and standards related to power conversion, electrical distribution, and grid connection.”


Schneider Electric: A Bankable Partner

With solar being a young industry, the weighted average life of PV installations worldwide is below three years. And as the industry goes through intense cost competitive pressure, it has seen some suppliers come and go. As a result, choosing a long term partner is important in ensuring the reliability of the solutions and the customer’s investments are not threatened. Schneider Electric’s 17+ year history in the solar industry, financial strength, and worldwide support guarantees Schneider Electric as a bankable partner for any PV installation.

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About Schneider Electric

As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centers/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, and efficient, the company’s 170,000 plus employees achieved sales of 24.9 billion Euros in 2014, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations “Make the most of their energy.”

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About saferay

saferay develops, finances, builds and operates utility-scale solar plants worldwide. The company has an own asset base of about 200 MWp and can rely on extensive EPC experience from more than 800 MWp installed capacity in various countries. One of saferay’s core markets is Japan, where it has not only built up a significant project pipeline but also acquired the highest construction license to independently execute solar projects. The financing of the 20 MWp solar facility close to Tagawa, Kyushu was arranged by saferay as well.