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March is Inverter Month on Solarbuildermag.com, sponsored by SMA America. Here you will find news on the latest technology trends and products, plus and installation and servicing advice for solar PV string inverters, central inverters, microinverters and DC optimizers.

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Datasheet or data sh*t? Independent testing finds where certain inverters fall short of their rated specs

Datasheet or data sh*t? Independent testing finds where certain inverters fall short of their rated specs

March 3, 2021 at 12:27 pm 0 comments

Ask any solar developer, installer or asset owner if they have experienced inverter issues and the response is usually a resounding “yes!” There are stories of manufacturers that failed to honor warranty terms and products that failed to operate upon removal from their packaging. But the most insidious form ofRead More

Get on the Modbus: An explanation of IEEE 1547 and why it matters for solar installers

Get on the Modbus: An explanation of IEEE 1547 and why it matters for solar installers

March 3, 2021 at 8:00 am 0 comments

The success of widely-adopted technologies is often tied to standardization. From video formats to the Internet, and now to the energy grid, the establishment of standards reduces the cost and complexity of systems and enables broad adoption at a global scale. With standards, distributed energy — and the solar sectorRead More

Solar Inverter Buyer’s Guide 2021

Solar Inverter Buyer’s Guide 2021

March 1, 2021 at 12:00 pm 0 comments

Our annual Solar PV Inverter Buyer’s Guide is a chance to check in with all of the inverter manufacturers – from the market leaders to the up-and-comers – to get a sense of how their technology has evolved and what new products are now available for installation. This year weRead More

Growatt’s new XH series solar inverters integrated with Tigo RSS transmitters

Growatt’s new XH series solar inverters integrated with Tigo RSS transmitters

February 26, 2021 at 9:54 am 0 comments

Grid-connected single-phase PV and energy storage system inverter provider Growatt has joined the Tigo Enhanced program to bring rapid shutdown solutions to PV installers. Growatt’s latest lineup of single-phase hybrid inverters – the XH series – will integrate Tigo Rapid Shutdown System (RSS) Transmitters, enabling plug and play installation with Tigo’sRead More

Sunrun expands supply agreement with SolarEdge

Sunrun expands supply agreement with SolarEdge

February 23, 2021 at 10:12 am 0 comments

Sunrun will start offering SolarEdge’s next generation PV inverter, Energy Hub, for residential customers as part of a newly signed strategic supply agreement. SolarEdge’s tech has been key to Sunrun’s residential energy ecosystem. Together, the companies are focused on expanding value to customers through the offering of products such as smartRead More

Three wire management tips for residential solar installers

Three wire management tips for residential solar installers

February 22, 2021 at 10:18 am 0 comments

As part of our Wire and Cable Management Buyer’s Guide, we asked manufacturers for some installation tips. Here is what they had to say. Working off the roof. Installers are still doing most of the wire management assembly once they are up on the roof. We have seen several installersRead More

O&M tip: Protect PV connectors at all times

O&M tip: Protect PV connectors at all times

February 19, 2021 at 10:00 am 0 comments

One of the most impressive things about walking around (at least most) utility-scale PV sites, is how neat, orderly, and consistent the cable management is. Unfortunately though this might be covering up some of the issues that happened during the install phase. Issues that create weak points and compromised components,Read More

Tie breakers: A test of cable management materials in the California desert

Tie breakers: A test of cable management materials in the California desert

February 10, 2021 at 8:00 am 0 comments

Whether you build, operate or own utility-scale PV, managing costs while ensuring quality is top of mind for all involved. At first glance, cable management might not be as critical as modules or central inverters. Over time, cable management issues — specifically cable tie failures — can affect a site’sRead More

Enphase Energy is adding the solar design, proposal, plan sets business of DIN Engineering Services

Enphase Energy is adding the solar design, proposal, plan sets business of DIN Engineering Services

February 9, 2021 at 12:52 pm 0 comments

Enphase Energy has agreed to acquire the Solar Design Services business of DIN Engineering Services LLP. Based in Noida, India, the business is a leading provider of outsourced proposal drawings and permit plan sets for residential solar installers in North America. DIN’s Solar Design Services business has more than a decadeRead More

Safety beyond NEC 690: How pairing with IEC, UL and IEEE standards mitigates solar install risks

Safety beyond NEC 690: How pairing with IEC, UL and IEEE standards mitigates solar install risks

February 8, 2021 at 11:27 am 0 comments

As commercial and utility-scale solar projects become more widespread, fires and failures shouldn’t. Unfortunately, the number of rooftop solar installation fires in the United States each year increased 69 percent between 2016 and 2018, according to U.S. Fire Administration data. Unprotected, improperly connected or incompatible connectors are some of theRead More