USDA Accepts SunWize® Grid-Tie Systems for Rural Development Utilities Electric Programs

October 02, 2006 by Jeff Shepard

SunWize announced the acceptance of their Grid-Tie Systems (GTS) by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as part of the USDA Rural Development Utilities Programs under Small Photovoltaic Electricity Generating Systems. Evaluation was a cooperative effort of the Sandia National Laboratories, the Florida Solar Energy Center and the USDA Rural Development Electric Programs. The systems are acceptable for use on the utility systems of USDA Rural Development Electric Programs Borrowers and are eligible for financing by the Electric Programs. The Electric Programs make insured loans and guarantees of loans to nonprofit and cooperative associations, public bodies, and other utilities. Insured loans primarily finance the construction of facilities for the distribution of electric power in rural areas. "We are proud our solar electric grid-tie systems are eligible to be a part of this program," stated Russ Campbell, SunWize Senior Product Manager.

Systems are available in a wide variety of configurations providing the appropriate selection for the project's requirements. SunWize GTS packages include all the components necessary for a successful installation except the home-run wiring. Complete installation and operation manuals assist with permitting and inspections. Joanne Rogers, SunWize VP of Residential Power, commented, "The SunWize engineering team saves our dealers time and money by creating complete systems. Installers like the wide variety of models we offer and the convenience of ordering just one part number".