Inverters

PV Pointers: How to future-proof PV systems with a storage-ready inverter

PV Pointers: How to future-proof PV systems with a storage-ready inverter

March 23, 2017 at 12:08 pm 0 comments

You don’t need to install a battery (yet) to give solar customers a next-gen solar-plus-storage system. Your customer wants reassurance Solar-plus-storage is finally ready for mainstream adoption, thanks to technology enhancements in DC-coupled inverters and continued cost reductions in smart battery technology. Batteries with grid-tied PV will soon be theRead More

Get hands-on with OutBack Power Technologies at one of these roadshow stops

Get hands-on with OutBack Power Technologies at one of these roadshow stops

March 22, 2017 at 7:40 am 0 comments

OutBack Power Technologies is going to be hitting the road with its Energy Express van this spring to showcase several of its energy solutions to help solar installers grow their businesses. Its first stop was this week at the 2017 NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) Continuing EducationRead More

MLPE boom: Analysts expect big things from module-level power electronics market

MLPE boom: Analysts expect big things from module-level power electronics market

March 17, 2017 at 10:00 am 0 comments

The module-level power electronics industry is witnessing an intense growth phase. Demand is driven by increasing solar photovoltaic (PV) installations across the globe and modernization of grid infrastructure capable of accommodating module-level power electronics (MLPE) technology within the system. “With movement towards renewable power and distributed power sources, the MLPERead More

Pika Energy contracts with local New England company for component manufacturing

Pika Energy contracts with local New England company for component manufacturing

March 17, 2017 at 9:38 am 0 comments

Electronics manufacturing services provider MC Assembly is working with Maine-based Pika Energy to manufacture components of the company’s solar inverter product lines. Pika Energy selected MC Assembly in 2016, seeking a New England-based manufacturing partner to meet the company’s increasing production needs.   “We looked to MC Assembly when weRead More

SMA’s Sunny Boy-US series achieves UL 1741 listing

SMA’s Sunny Boy-US series achieves UL 1741 listing

March 17, 2017 at 8:30 am 0 comments

SMA America announced the Sunny Boy-US series as the first residential inverter to achieve UL 1741 SA (Supplement A) listing, which represents a significant step in creating a more stable grid and providing the best technology for the residential market. SMA has completed functional and safety testing with the SunnyRead More

1,500-volt systems to trend in 2017: Here’s what you need to know

1,500-volt systems to trend in 2017: Here’s what you need to know

March 14, 2017 at 6:06 am 1 comment

Large-scale solar projects are heading into yet another sea change: the 1,500-volt PV system (Vdc). The idea behind the voltage increase is the same now as it was during the move from 600 volts to 1,000 volts — further reduce installation costs and increase profitability by reducing the number ofRead More

Fronius explains streamlined software updates for its inverter lineup

Fronius explains streamlined software updates for its inverter lineup

March 13, 2017 at 9:50 am 0 comments

Fronius is really focused on streamlining its software updates these days. Now Fronius customers are able to remotely update the software of inverters over the web. All you need is a Fronius SnapINverter that has an internet connection and the inverter or system is registered on Fronius Solar.web, Fronius’ freeRead More

2017 Solar Inverter Buyer’s Guide

2017 Solar Inverter Buyer’s Guide

March 8, 2017 at 12:34 pm 3 comments

Inverters are the brains of the PV system, and if you want to tease out this metaphor (and I do), the comparison is deeper than just “the part that does the thinking.” Really, looking at the latest studies in neuroscience, you could flip the cliché — brains are maybe theRead More

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Inverter experts explain how to best calculate levelized cost of energy

March 6, 2017 at 12:00 pm 0 comments

Levelized cost of energy (LCOE) is one of the most important metrics used for judging the value of a PV system. It is also less easily understood and seemingly open to interpretation. How am I really calculating this figure? What is sitting outside this calculation? Ask five inverter companies, andRead More

SolarEdge debuts complete residential solar solution in Europe

SolarEdge debuts complete residential solar solution in Europe

March 6, 2017 at 11:53 am 0 comments

SolarEdge Technologies is rolling out its new complete residential solution throughout Europe. Combining PV inverter, storage and home automation, the complete residential solution manages and monitors solar energy generation, electricity consumption, energy storage, and device control that enables homeowners to increase self-consumption and energy independence. “SolarEdge is committed to makingRead More

 
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