APRIL 1, 2014

Solar Electric Solutions to deploy Macro-Micro solar photovoltaic power converter in multi-megawatt California power system

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIFORNIA ‒ Solar Electric Solutions ( announced its intention to deploy the Macro-Micro solar photovoltaic power converter in a multi-megawatt power system in California in Q1 of 2015.

Michael J. Stern, COO stated: "We believe that the distributed PV string to 3-phase AC approach for our megawatt-scale power systems using the Macro-Micro inverter will provide the lowest cost of energy over the life of our systems."

OCTOBER 31, 2013

Agreement between Sandia National Labs and Renewable Power Conversion Announced

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIFORNIA ‒ A collaborative agreement has been entered into between Sandia National Laboratory, Albuquerque, NM and Renewable Power Conversion wherein SNL provides third party confirmation of the Macro-Micro product 25-year lifetime. The agreement includes independent product reliability testing at Sandia National Laboratory.

OCTOBER 25, 2013

Capps Announces Funding for Solar Energy Development in San Luis Obispo

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIFORNIA ‒ Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) announced that Renewable Power Conversion Inc. in San Luis Obispo received $994,378 from the Department of Energy to develop innovative solar energy technology as part of the agency's SunShot Incubator Program.

The company will use the funding to develop the next generation of DC-to-AC solar power converters. This new modular power converter is designed for use in commercial rooftop and utility-scale solar power systems of any size.

"The Central Coast is home to some of the most innovative clean energy businesses in the country," Capps said. "Grants like this provide crucial support for cutting edge solar technologies that are moving us away from dirty fossil fuels and toward a clean energy future."

"Our Macro-Micro power converter technology will significantly improve the performance and more than double the lifetime of existing solar power converters while reducing overall system costs," said Rick West, President of Renewable Power Conversion Inc.

September 27, 2013

RPC Wins DOE's 2013 Sunshot 8 Award

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIFORNIA ‒ The Incubator program provides early-stage assistance to help startup companies cross technological barriers to commercialization while encouraging private sector investment. Since the program was launched in 2007, $104 million in government funds has leveraged more than $1.7 billion in venture capital and private equity investment, demonstrating a ratio of nearly $18 in subsequent private sector support for every $1 of federal support.

Projects funded under the SunShot Incubator Program allow start-up businesses to yield breakthrough technologies and game-changing insights. Awardees in 2013 included Renewable Power Conversion, a San Luis Obispo, California company that is developing an environmentally-sealed inverter featuring plug-and-play installation and a maintenance-free lifetime equal to that of PV modules.

September 1, 2011

RPC Awarded DOE Sunshot Incubator Grant

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIFORNIA ‒ Companies with innovative, game-changing ways to lower the cost of solar energy have been awarded $5.8 million to work with the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

The SunShot Incubator Program is an expansion of DOE's successful PV Technology Incubator Program, launched in 2007, which to date has funded $60 million in projects and leveraged $1.3 billion in private investment.

Renewable Power Conversion, Inc., of San Luis Obispo, Calif., which was awarded $793,325 to improve its advanced photovoltaic (PV) inverter technology. Its inverter gives indications of lasting 25 years while maximizing system efficiency, which, sold commercially, would help reduce the levelized cost of renewable energy loaded onto the grid.

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