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Clif Bar HQ to Get Largest Smart Solar Array in North America

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On October 12, 2010 @ 4:08 pm In Environment,Solar Power | No Comments

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Your next Clif Bar may be produced by the sun now that the food manufacturer is installing the biggest [2] smart solar [3] array in North America. The 530 kilowatt array, which is currently under construction at Clif Bar’s new Emeryville, California headquarters, features over 1,900 Suntech [4] 270 watt solar panel modules.

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Clif Bar’s array isn’t the largest overall solar installation [6] on the continent, but it is expected to generate 6 to 8 percent more power [7] than a standard array. The increase in power can be attributed to the built-in Tigo Energy Maximizer Solution [8], which is the first distributed power electronics system to be deployed on a substantial commercial project. Tigo’s product leverages control at the module level to increase panel monitoring and safety.

No word on how much the project cost — or when it will be completed — but Clif Bar stands to save some serious cash on energy [9] use.

+ Clif Bar [10]

+ Suntech [4]

+ Tigo [8]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/12/clif-bar-hq-to-get-largest-smart-solar-array-in-north-america/2-13/

[2] biggest: http://inhabitat.com/2008/02/25/world%E2%80%99s-largest-solar-power-plant-coming-to-arizona-in-2011/

[3] solar: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/04/22/canadian-researchers-move-closer-to-affordable-efficient-solar-power/

[4] Suntech: http://www.suntech-power.com/

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/12/clif-bar-hq-to-get-largest-smart-solar-array-in-north-america/1-26/

[6] solar installation: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/29/solar-power-is-cheaper-than-nuclear-for-the-first-time/

[7] power: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/14/fierce-solar-powered-eco-tower-for-hot-climates/

[8] Tigo Energy Maximizer Solution: http://www.tigoenergy.com/

[9] energy: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/04/student-refits-50-motorcycle-to-run-on-solar-power/

[10] + Clif Bar: http://www.clifbar.com/

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