AFL Introduces Optical Ground Wire for the Renewables Market

Spartanburg, SC – AFL is adding to its Optical Ground Wire product line by introducing Renewables-Optimized Optical Ground Wire (OPGW), an aerial fiber optic cable designed specifically for the renewables market. The Renewables-Optimized OPGW allows for greater ease and flexibility in installation timelines while providing excellent electrical and mechanical properties.

“Our customers servicing wind and solar projects have expressed a need for efficient OPGW designs and expedient delivery,” Jon Potter, aerial cable product line manager for AFL. “AFL’s family of renewables optimized OPGW delivers upon these market requirements.”

Taking advantage of AFL’s CentraCore OPGW features, the cable’s compact and robust design houses 48 single-mode optical fibers in gel-filled, laser-welded, hermetically-sealed stainless steel tubes that protect the vulnerable fibers from environmental stresses and electrical faults. Additionally, thick outer layers of aluminum clad steel wire and aluminum pipe provide excellent crush resistance and enhance fault current rating capability.

AFL’s OPGW is placed in the topmost position on transmission lines shielding conductors from lightning while providing a fiber optic communications pathway. For more information on AFL, its products and services, visit

About AFL
AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility, broadband, communications, enterprise and OEM markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics, renewables and transportation. The company’s diverse product portfolio includes fiber optic cable, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and training. AFL’s service portfolio includes market-leading positions with the foremost communications companies supporting inside plant central office, EF&I, outside plant, enterprise and wireless areas.

Founded in 1984, AFL is proud to offer engineering expertise, exceptional products and reliable service that help our customers improve their critical and electrical infrastructure. AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg, SC and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit

Jon Potter
Aerial Cable Product Line Manager

Corie Culp
PR Manager