A solar panel company based in beautiful Bend, Oregon, PV Powered is leading the charge (so to speak) for solar power technology in the United States. It is the only American based grid-tied solar inverter manufacturer.
As stated on its website: “Our vision is to spur the widespread adoption of solar power by ensuring that PV Powered products are the most reliable, easiest to install, and best supported inverters available. Because inverters have historically been a significant source of system downtime, we are committed to building the most reliable inverters in the industry.”
The company has been very successful so far. In fact, Presidential candidate Barack Obama toured the PV Powered manufacturing facility during his visit to Bend in May 2008. Senator Obama proclaimed PV Powered to be “the workshop of the future,” while pledging to dedicate billions in U.S. funds for renewable energy including solar power, if elected President. Read Mr. Obama’s complete speech for more details.
PV Powered was founded in 2003 and is led by CEO Gregg Patterson, and President Glenn Harris. In two years, PV Powered has grown from approximately 20 employees to nearly 60. It has ambitious plans to reach 100 by early 2009. Nothing is stopping this incredible company. In the past year, it expanded its product line and received certification on 10 new inverters, including new products for both residential and three-phase commercial installations. Recently, PV Powered was awarded the Oregon Solar Pioneer Award by the Oregon Department of Energy at the Third Annual Northwest Solar Expo in April 2008. PV Power’s extensive product line serves both residential and commercial customers, and its solar power products have the highest efficiency ratings in the solar market. Not surprisingly, thousands of its products are in use nationwide. Reliability is the company’s bottom line. PV Powered endeavors to redefine expectations in the solar power industry concerning both reliability and cost of ownership. With the industry’s only 20-year warranty, one can expect superior quality and workmanship from the engineers at PV Powered.