OutBack Power Technologies, Inc., an off-grid and Grid/Hybrid renewable energy products and systems company, has formed a partnership with HiQ Solar, an innovator in three-phase power-conversion technology for commercial and industrial solar applications. OutBack Power will sell and support HiQ’s TrueString products in an installer network grown over its 15 years in the solar industry, providing solar professionals with a new opportunity for growth.
As solar equipment and pricing policies continue to trend favorably for system owners and operators, businesses are investing more in renewable energy, incentivized by both a “bottom line” economic return through long-term energy savings as well as the ability to demonstrate greater corporate responsibility. HiQ’s three-phase “plug and play” system will provide OutBack with a proven, advanced solution to bring commercial-scale solar to a wide new audience of design installation professionals and expand the brand’s reach into new markets.
“As two solar innovators focused on separate, but complementary markets, this is an ideal alignment,” said Harvey Wilkinson, general manager of OutBack Power. “OutBack’s expertise lies mainly in residential, light commercial and off-grid PV systems with energy storage, in single and split-phase configurations. HiQ Solar is emerging as a leader in the 3-phase commercial/industrial grid-tied market. This alliance will introduce OutBack’s core customers to a new opportunity and add to their business portfolios, and we are thrilled with HiQ Solar to make that opportunity possible.”
The two companies plan to release complete details of their business partnership between now and the upcoming InterSolar North America show in San Francisco in July.
“Our unique technology makes commercial solar ‘plug-and-play’ feasible,” said HiQ Solar’s chairman and CEO Lutz Henckels. “Our award winning products have been certified for use and proven in the North American commercial and industrial markets. Our inverter is designed to accommodate storage and, with OutBack Power’s expertise in storage solutions, we truly complement each other.”
HiQ’s TrueString technology is based on small, light and rugged 3-phase 208V and 480V “plug and play” 8-kW systems in NEMA6 enclosures, which can be rooftop-mounted. This unique system architecture saves considerable time and money for commercial installers, with NEC-mandated rapid-shutdown capability built-in. Lightweight, rugged and mountable practically anywhere, the HiQ design is ideal for small to large systems and for deployment in areas that traditionally prove challenging for solar, such as coastal, desert and high altitude locations.
OutBack products and systems are sold through a network of distributors serving advanced solar installers around the globe. Famous for its legendary power electronics, OutBack is also a leader in the rapidly-growing field of energy storage for PV systems.