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Tigo launches Tigo Enhanced program in conjunction with solar inverter partners

Tigo launches Tigo Enhanced program in conjunction with solar inverter partners

September 17, 2020 at 5:05 pm 0 comments

Tigo Energy, Inc. has launched a joint marketing program, called Tigo Enhanced, in conjunction with its major inverter partners to make it even easier for customers to choose Tigo’s reliable module level power electronics (MLPE) for their solar PV projects. Under the program, inverter partners that use Tigo technology willRead More

Get to know global solar inverter brand GoodWe

Get to know global solar inverter brand GoodWe

September 9, 2020 at 10:37 am 0 comments

GoodWe has big plans for the future, as the global solar inverter brand announced its initial public offering on the Shanghai Stock Market earlier this month, sounding the gong in the Grand Hall of the Shanghai Stock Exchange. The ceremony was attended by leading figures of the solar industry and coincidedRead More

The Pitch: Installing Generac’s PWRCell to provide whole-home power with existing electrical

The Pitch: Installing Generac’s PWRCell to provide whole-home power with existing electrical

September 8, 2020 at 8:44 am 0 comments

You can now provide whole home backup with just solar and a battery – no separate loads panel needed – via Generac’s PWRCell. Here to make The Pitch, explaining the beefed-up system specs and new technology, is Adam Schroeder product manager for PWRCell at Generac Power Systems. Highlights: – ARead More

OutBack Power, Bay City Electric Works team on storage + generator home resilience offer

OutBack Power, Bay City Electric Works team on storage + generator home resilience offer

September 1, 2020 at 8:53 am 0 comments

Solar energy and battery backup solutions are growing in popularity with the increased frequency of California’s public safety power shutoffs, time-of-use billing, and disaster-related power outages. Turning to solar energy with battery storage gives households and businesses more control over their energy usage and costs. To take this a stepRead More

Pull the alarm: Rooftop solar fires are on the rise, studies point to two possible causes

Pull the alarm: Rooftop solar fires are on the rise, studies point to two possible causes

August 26, 2020 at 9:45 am 0 comments

Solar PV system-caused fires are rare, but they are on the rise in the United States. The numbers here are hard to track down, but Lawrence Shaw, owner of Higher Powered LLC, a residential solar preventive maintenance company in Arizona, reached out to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), dug throughRead More

Tigo’s newest rapid shutdown device is UL certified with the largest network of inverters

Tigo’s newest rapid shutdown device is UL certified with the largest network of inverters

August 25, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

Since announcing the TS4-A-2F, Tigo has seen significant demand for it as PV system owners, installers, and distributors look for reliable and cost-effective ways to fulfill National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements for module-level rapid shutdown. It is now reaching rooftops all across the country. “We’ve had more demand for theRead More

UCI Grad Student Anomadarshi Barua, who is doing research in solar energy, left, with Al Faruque, associate professor for UCI’s Samueli School of Engineering.Photo by Steven Georges/UCI

UCI researchers hacked solar inverters using just $50 worth of equipment

August 18, 2020 at 11:02 am 0 comments

File this under not great: Cyber-physical systems security researchers at the University of California, Irvine can disrupt the functioning of a power grid using about $50 worth of equipment tucked inside a disposable coffee cup. In a presentation delivered at the recent Usenix Security 2020 conference, Mohammad Al Faruque, UCIRead More

myPV ClearSky Pad Mounted Interconnection

Modularize your MV construction with myPV ClearSky Interconnection

August 18, 2020 at 9:11 am 0 comments

The myPV ClearSky Interconnection modularizes all MV construction into a single pad mount product. Affordable, serviceable, and with shorter lead times, the ClearSky de-risks construction, commissioning, and operations. Brad Micallef, Managing Director of Solar Operations Solutions, LLC, the company behind myPV, said, “Project after project we saw the same issues,Read More

Paralleling power controls: onboard vs. centrally located

Paralleling power controls: onboard vs. centrally located

August 17, 2020 at 12:19 pm 1 comment

Many facilities run several generators in parallel to ensure power reliability and guarantee sufficient emergency or backup power. Paralleling generators in this way improves reliability, increases load management flexibility, manages run time on engines and provides maintenance flexibility reducing generator costs. Synchronizing engine generators to a common bus, operators canRead More

The Pitch: How multi-module microinverters reduce solar system costs

The Pitch: How multi-module microinverters reduce solar system costs

August 4, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

Soft costs comprise 64% of a solar PV system’s total cost, which means installation methods and component selection are crucial elements of solar installer’s business model. Today on the Pitch, Jason Higginson, senior director of marketing with APsystems, tells us how multi-module microinverters can be a competitive advantage for solarRead More