Inverters

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

Petersen-Dean goes with Enphase for its solar inverter, storage solution

Petersen-Dean goes with Enphase for its solar inverter, storage solution

January 21, 2020 at 8:46 am 0 comments

Petersen-Dean, Inc., one of the largest full-service, privately-held roofing and solar companies in the United States, has selected Enphase as its premier supplier of solar inverters and battery storage systems. The agreement establishes the foundation for Enphase to support Petersen-Dean in its turnkey energy solutions strategy for new residential andRead More

SMA inverters are first to be listed as compliant with new California Rule 21 requirements

SMA inverters are first to be listed as compliant with new California Rule 21 requirements

January 21, 2020 at 8:23 am 0 comments

As of this week, the California Energy Commission (CEC) has listed multiple SMA solar inverters under the updated Grid Support Solar Inverter compliance list for the California Rule 21 requirements. The approved inverters listed as compliant with Rule 21 phase two and phase three functions are the Sunny Boy-US, SunnyRead More

Details on new features added to the SolarEdge commercial Designer tool

Details on new features added to the SolarEdge commercial Designer tool

January 6, 2020 at 1:17 pm 0 comments

SolarEdge sent word that it’s introducing an extended feature set on its free web-based Designer tool that specifically supports commercial PV systems at every stage of the design process. What’s new? To help maximize self-consumption in commercial projects, users can now select the most suitable consumption profile from a listRead More

The 19 best Solar Builder articles from 2019

The 19 best Solar Builder articles from 2019

December 31, 2019 at 8:06 am 0 comments

Looking back at 2019, if I had to pick a pun moniker for the solar industry (and I do), it wasn’t so much a ‘solar-coaster’ as it was a ‘solar derby.’ Established companies, technologies and ideas were all bashing into each other, forming alliances and finding other competitive edges toRead More

Ginlong Solis hybrid inverter now compatible with LG Chem RESU batteries

Ginlong Solis hybrid inverter now compatible with LG Chem RESU batteries

December 9, 2019 at 2:55 pm 0 comments

Ginlong Technologies says its Solis Residential Hybrid Inverter (RHI) is now fully compatible with the LG RESU 48V battery lineup to provide stable, reliable home energy storage. With this partnership, Ginlong is offering more choices to customers across markets globally. Ginlong and LG Chem worked closely to ensure system securityRead More

The power shutoff sales pitch: A plan for solar installers selling storage in California’s PSPS zones

The power shutoff sales pitch: A plan for solar installers selling storage in California’s PSPS zones

December 9, 2019 at 11:09 am 0 comments

  The wildfires and resulting (and ongoing) public safety power shutoffs (PSPS) are leaving thousands of Californians without power and searching for answers. As a solar installer, you are in a prime spot to provide some of those answers in the form of backup storage. “Solar system owners in CaliforniaRead More

KACO adds five new solar inverters between 87 and 150 kW

KACO adds five new solar inverters between 87 and 150 kW

November 13, 2019 at 1:28 pm Comments are Disabled

KACO new energy has added five new C&I string inverters to its 1,500-volt product range with outputs between 87 and 150 kilowatts. All new inverters use semiconductor components made of silicon carbide. Since 1,500 Volt technology is an emerging trend in the solar roof sector, both inverters are also suitableRead More

SMA boosts grid services focus with EnergyHub partnership (launching first with Arizona Public Service)

SMA boosts grid services focus with EnergyHub partnership (launching first with Arizona Public Service)

November 12, 2019 at 3:45 pm Comments are Disabled

SMA America is partnering with EnergyHub (provider of distributed energy resource solutions for utilities) to deliver valuable inverter management functionality to EnergyHub’s utility clients. This is a trend coming in the solar inverter space as DER is integrated more and more into utility planning. As many utilities face the challengeRead More

String inverter manufacturer Ginlong Solis has best financial quarter in its history

String inverter manufacturer Ginlong Solis has best financial quarter in its history

November 5, 2019 at 6:33 pm Comments are Disabled

According to its third quarter financial report, Ginlong Technologies, manufacturer of the Solis string inverter, had its best quarter since its 2005 founding. The only publicly-traded company focused exclusively on PV string inverters, Ginlong recorded third quarter revenues of $52 million — more than it earned during 2014, 2015, andRead More

SunSpec Alliance is creating a Blockchain Work Group (here’s how you can be included)

SunSpec Alliance is creating a Blockchain Work Group (here’s how you can be included)

October 28, 2019 at 2:04 pm Comments are Disabled

The SunSpec Alliance and members Doosan Gridtech, Kitu Systems, and Wivity announced the creation of the SunSpec Blockchain Work Group. The work group will create requirements and specifications for a decentralized application to protect the security credentials of Distributed Energy Resource (DER) systems such as solar PV systems and electricRead More