Inverters

Trends and best practices for installing solar PV inverters. Coverage includes string inverters, central inverters, microinverters, DC optimizers, rapid shutdown and more.

Chint Power Systems is integrating Pason Power into its Energy Storage System for C&I solar installers

Chint Power Systems is integrating Pason Power into its Energy Storage System for C&I solar installers

March 21, 2019 at 11:53 am 0 comments

Chint Power Systems (CPS) has chosen Pason Power’s software to be integrated into its Energy Storage System as the exclusive platform for commercial and industrial (C&I) customers.  This integrated energy storage solution fosters a simplified, single-source procurement process for customers rather than having to rely on multiple vendors. Casey Miller,Read More

Solar PV Inverter Buyer’s Guide 2019: Faster installs, better serviceability and a focus on storage

Solar PV Inverter Buyer’s Guide 2019: Faster installs, better serviceability and a focus on storage

March 20, 2019 at 1:12 pm 0 comments

The 2019 solar inverter market is more robust and reliable than ever. From streamlined residential operations to beefed up large-scale string inverters to a cadre of solar+storage options for both on- and off-grid applications, there are products to match any solar PV design need. We reached out to every inverterRead More

Riding the Wave: How Morningstar designed its software-first solar inverter for the lithium battery age

Riding the Wave: How Morningstar designed its software-first solar inverter for the lithium battery age

March 18, 2019 at 9:10 am 0 comments

Solar inverters have improved so much over the years that they are all starting to seem comparable in power and performance these days, but a new entry hitting the market from Morningstar stands out because it wasn’t being built for “these days.” For starters, Morningstar isn’t a solar inverter company.Read More

Panasonic’s HIT AC module featuring Enphase microinverters shipping soon

Panasonic’s HIT AC module featuring Enphase microinverters shipping soon

March 18, 2019 at 9:08 am 0 comments

The new Panasonic AC Series Photovoltaic (PV) HIT N330E AC Module with integrated Enphase IQ 7X Microinverter will be available for solar installation companies in late March. “In today’s market, solar installers look to offer homeowners high powered and efficient modules that maximize output on roofs of every shape andRead More

Global solar microinverter forecast: Growth of 10 percent expected by 2024

Global solar microinverter forecast: Growth of 10 percent expected by 2024

March 6, 2019 at 10:59 am 0 comments

Global solar microinverters market is projected to grow at a CAGR of over 10 percent to reach $886 million by 2024, owing to persistent advances in R&D of solar microinverters and substantial reduction in costs of microinverters, according to a new market report. With declining solar microinverter prices and rising awarenessRead More

Siemens to acquire KACO new energy GmbH

Siemens to acquire KACO new energy GmbH

March 5, 2019 at 10:26 am 0 comments

Siemens announced plans to acquire the string inverter business of the KACO new energy GmbH, one of the leading manufacturers of energy-related power electronics, for an undisclosed sum. The project development and EPC activities are not part of the acquisition. The closing of the transaction is subject to regulatory approvalRead More

Need for Speed: Inside the upgrades to the most powerful microinverter on the market

Need for Speed: Inside the upgrades to the most powerful microinverter on the market

February 11, 2019 at 10:40 am 0 comments

Today’s solar systems require a more robust communication architecture to manage significantly more data points and in-field software updates, and this need was the driving force behind APsystems’s newest microinverter. Despite being the most powerful microinverter you’ll find on the market, the QS1 debuted rather quietly at Solar Power InternationalRead More

Delta issues recall of Eltek solar inverters due to fire hazard

Delta issues recall of Eltek solar inverters due to fire hazard

February 11, 2019 at 10:34 am 0 comments

This recall involves the Eltek THEIA HE-t string inverters installed between 2013 and 2015 after it was discovered the capacitors can fail and allow heat to build up, causing the cover to eject with force from the unit and posing fire and impact hazards. The recalled inverters measure about 28Read More

Delta inverters are now certified for rapid shutdown via Tigo Energy

Delta inverters are now certified for rapid shutdown via Tigo Energy

January 30, 2019 at 8:06 am 0 comments

Delta Group inverters are now UL certified with Tigo’s rapid system shutdown (RSS) solutions: TS4-F (Fire Safety), TS4-O (Optimization), and TS4-L (Long String). Tigo is currently shipping with Delta and more tier one certified inverter manufacturing partners throughout the U.S. This UL certification is part of Tigo’s multivendor initiative providingRead More

World’s largest solar PV peaker power plant uses DC-coupled storage design with Ampt optimizers

World’s largest solar PV peaker power plant uses DC-coupled storage design with Ampt optimizers

January 28, 2019 at 11:06 am 1 comment

The Lāwa’i Solar and Energy Storage Project in Hawaii completed this month became the world’s largest operational solar PV+storage peaker plant and is responsible for delivering 11% of Kauai’s power while providing mission critical grid support during peak demand periods.  The completion of this system allows the utility to deliver upRead More