Standardization Strategies for PV Portfolio Equipment Purchasing Now Includes the Interconnection

CORNELIUS, N.C., Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Equipment standardization for portfolio-level purchasing is a proven strategy to simplify procurement, establish repeatable construction practices, and promote efficient commissioning. While racking, modules, inverters and transformers are common bulk buys, the MV interconnection components are often excluded.

A collection of components, and the work product of highly specialized labor, the interconnection has historically been seen as a bespoke assembly, not a product.

In early 2020, the North Carolina-based solar developer Pine Gate Renewables took decisive steps to streamline standardization of engineering and procurement across a portfolio of 14 projects in Michigan, which represents a fraction of the 500MW Pine Gate plans to develop in the state.

“Standardizing the interconnection was definitely part of our strategy to be successful in Michigan,” said Matt Massarelli, vice president of EPC operations at Pine Gate Renewables. “We wanted to eliminate as much

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