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SMA America explains ShadeFix, its new smart PV optimization strategy

SMA America explains ShadeFix, its new smart PV optimization strategy

June 29, 2020 at 11:21 am 0 comments

Today on The Pitch we discuss some new developments in the standardization of solar inverter communication and the impact it will have. SMA America’s Director of Marketing Brad Dore gives a brief overview of the work of the SunSpec Alliance in creating new standards for solar inverters to comply withRead More

Meet PWRzone: Generac’s solution for simplifying, optimizing solar PV installations

Meet PWRzone: Generac’s solution for simplifying, optimizing solar PV installations

June 29, 2020 at 10:49 am 0 comments

Something we touched on in our Solar Distancing series with Generac Power Systems is now being rolled out: PWRzone. Here is that initial discussion: Generac is calling PWRzone a total system innovation that is a more efficient approach to PV system design and optimization, using fewer complex components than moduleRead More

In 1945, Günter Fronius laid the foundations for Fronius International GmbH, which today ranks among the world’s leading innovators in the fields of welding technology, photovoltaics, and battery charging technology.

From regional repair shop to global brand: Fronius celebrates 75 years in business

June 25, 2020 at 11:12 am 0 comments

You might not expect this of a company known in our world for its solar inverter technology, but Fronius has been in business for 75 years. What began in 1945 as a one-man business based on a simple idea is now part of the industrial landscape, growing over the pastRead More

Meet Energy Hub, SolarEdge’s new approach to home energy backup

Meet Energy Hub, SolarEdge’s new approach to home energy backup

June 23, 2020 at 11:03 am 1 comment

SolarEdge Technologies launched its new Energy Hub Inverter with Prism Technology this week, which combines its HD-Wave technology with the functionality of StorEdge in order to create a more flexible, simple-to-install home backup system. This builds on the company’s vision for a fully optimized smart home future as the EnergyRead More

SMA America launches new online service center with streamlined approach for installers, customers

SMA America launches new online service center with streamlined approach for installers, customers

June 22, 2020 at 12:42 pm 0 comments

SMA America launched a new Online Service Center to elevate its service quality and expedite response times. Solar installers can now access resources that previously required calling a service technician. In the new online service center, customers can track the progress of a service case, inverter exchange or request aRead More

Panasonic’s solar panel warranty now covers labor on entire PV system

Panasonic’s solar panel warranty now covers labor on entire PV system

June 16, 2020 at 11:51 am 0 comments

Just as we posted our interview with Panasonic installers on the benefits of aligning with the powerful brand, Panasonic announced the expansion of its 25-year warranty on solar panels to include labor on all components of the residential solar system, including the monitoring and interconnection hardware and racking system. ThisRead More

Cool idea: IMEON solar inverters can control Phillips Hue LED smart lights

Cool idea: IMEON solar inverters can control Phillips Hue LED smart lights

June 15, 2020 at 10:09 am 1 comment

IMEON ENERGY is a French manufacturer of solar hybrid inverters that also develops software solutions to reduce the cost of kWh generated by solar installations with storage. The idea is to make customers more conscious of energy autonomy. The company’s latest innovation in that realm is a neat concept: The “LED SmartRead More

Delta funds university research for this micro PV power converter prototype

Delta funds university research for this micro PV power converter prototype

June 10, 2020 at 9:59 am 0 comments

Delta is collaborating with Silicon Valley-based San Jose State University (SJSU) on a cool renewable energy research project. Through the SJSU project and with Delta’s funding, they have developed a prototype power converter for PV panels that is showing 30 percent more energy capture than conventional technologies. The project hasRead More

New SolarEdge optimizers support higher wattage solar panels, more modules per optimizer

New SolarEdge optimizers support higher wattage solar panels, more modules per optimizer

June 9, 2020 at 4:29 pm 0 comments

SolarEdge is expanding its power optimizer portfolio with options to reduce install time (doing more with fewer components) and accomodate higher module powers. Here’s the details sent our way: • The new multi-input M1600 power optimizer for ground-mount installations has two MPP trackers, connected to four panels in multiples ofRead More

Panasonic bolsters EverVolt battery system by pairing with Span’s Smart Panel

Panasonic bolsters EverVolt battery system by pairing with Span’s Smart Panel

June 9, 2020 at 9:29 am 0 comments

Panasonic today announced a new strategic alliance with smart panel innovator Span, maker of the Span Smart Panel. You may remember it from this article in May: “Span raises $10.2 million in quest to reinvent the home electrical panel.” When paired with EverVolt, Panasonic’s residential home energy storage solution gives consumers more controlRead More