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Graybar Energy Registered to ISO 9001

Kitchener, ON – Graybar Energy, a leader in Balance of System (BOS) supply for the renewable energy industry, has earned registration to the Quality Management System ISO 9001: 2008. 

Graybar Energy, a subsidiary of Graybar Canada, is a domestic content supplier for electrical balance of system components for renewable energy projects. With a  focus on commercial and utility scale solar PV and wind energy projects, Graybar Energy supplies products that encompass and support all of Graybar Canada's business lines including electrical, comm/data, security, automation, wire & cable and lighting. 

“Our commitment to our customers starts with top-quality products and excellent customer service,” said Rob Horst, National Market Manager, “We have taken that to the next level by registering to ISO 9001, proving we have the highest quality standards.”  

The ISO 9001: 2008 standard is based on multiple quality management principles such as continual improvement, a strong customer focus, and the motivation and commitment of top management. It establishes and streamlines processes through complete documentation and greatly increases operational efficiency.  

Graybar Canada’s Kitchener and Markham Branches are also registered to ISO 9001.


3 Integral Components of a Solar PV System

Graybar Energy is a supplier of components to the renewable energy market segment, in particular to commercial and utility scale solar PV and wind energy projects.

Harnessing power from sunlight is no small accomplishment. The equipment used in a Solar PV system is always evolving to become more efficient. At Graybar Energy, the top selling components integral  to a Solar PV system are combiner boxes, RPVU cable, and PV connectors.

Combiner boxes are used to connect the solar PV module strings to the inverter. Graybar Energy carries a variety of commercial combiner boxes, including the newest standard – an Arc Fault Combiner Box (AFCI), which monitors system noise and string current to detect and interrupt the system when an arc fault is detected.

Connecting the PV modules to the combiner boxes requires RPVU cable. This cable is specifically used for interconnecting Photovoltaic modules. It is designed to be safely buried as well as exposed to the elements. At Graybar Energy, RPVU cable is available in a variety of colours.  Customers can also take advantage of Graybar Energy’s partnerships with third parties who offer harnessing solutions. These solutions include bundling the cable so it can easily connect to each of the module strings that run back to the combiner box.

PV Connectors including the H4 connector, MC4 connector, and QC4 connector, enable the cable to attach to the modules. The PV connectors available at Graybar Canada are from multiple vendors to best complement the rest of the solution and lend themselves to achieve your Renewable Energy goals.


5 Questions to Know if Solar PV is Right for You

When implementing a Solar PV system, there are some questions you must first ask yourself to see if it is a solution that is right for you. 
  1. Location, location, location. Does your location have a clear south or southwest view, free of trees, building, and other debris? This is the most important question to ask yourself because it is essential for the PV system to absorb the sunlight during peak hours. 
  2. Do you have sufficient space for the equipment? A Solar PV system takes up a large amount of physical space. The space requirement is significant, such as a clear rooftop or a large, firm ground surface. The number of PV modules can be scaled according to the available space and desired outcome. 
  3. Will the surface support the equipment? Not only does the equipment require sufficient space, but its weight is substantial, so it also requires an ample, stable support structure. There are options such as a ballasted system that can assist with reinforcement. 
  4. What are your goals? What are the desired short and long term results of implementing a Solar PV system? Perhaps you are you looking to save your company money on the power bill or maybe you are looking to self-contain your power usage at a seasonal remote location. It may be as simple as wanting to reduce your carbon footprint on the environment by using the latest efficient technology in renewable energy. 
  5. Contact Graybar Energy! Now that you know Solar PV is right for you, contact Graybar Energy to arrange a consultation on a scaled solution that will achieve your renewable energy goals.