The University of Wyoming (UW) campus (USA) is serving as the site for a 50 kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) power system. Three sub-systems were sited and built on the UW campus in 1996. The first sub-system, a 10 kW roof-integrated system of PV roof tiles is located on the roof of the Engineering Building. The second sub-system-a 5 kW rack-mounted, ballasted PV system is on a walkway roof of the Engineering building. The third sub-system is a 35 kW shade structure system and is located adjacent to the parking lot of the University's football stadium. The three sub-systems differ in their design strategy since each is being used for research and education at the University. Each sub-system, being located at some distance away from one another, supplies a different part of the campus grid. Efforts continue at setting up a central monitoring system which will receive data remotely from all locations. A part of this monitoring system is complete. While the initial monitoring data shows satisfactory performance, a number of reliability problems with PV modules and inverters have delayed full functionality of the system

Meeting Name

26th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, 1997


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

50 KW; DC-AC Power Convertors; PV Modules; PV Roof Tiles; USA; Campus Power Grid; Central Monitoring System; Design Strategy; Distributed Grid-Connected PV Power System; Inverters; Invertors; Performance; Photovoltaic Power Systems; Power System Interconnection; Power System Reliability; Projects; Rack-Mounted Ballasted PV System; Reliability; Shade Structure System; Solar Cell Arrays

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Article - Conference proceedings

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Final Version

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Publication Date

01 Jan 1997