Inverters

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

Inside the upgrades to the most powerful microinverter on the market (now shipping)

Inside the upgrades to the most powerful microinverter on the market (now shipping)

January 17, 2019 at 10:00 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, the QS1, which is now shipping in the U.S. Despite being the most powerful microinverter you’ll find on the market,Read More

New standard emerging for grid operators to communicate with DER smart inverters

New standard emerging for grid operators to communicate with DER smart inverters

January 14, 2019 at 2:13 pm 0 comments

A collaborative team published a new Application Note to help grid operators communicate with distributed energy resources (DER) and enhance use and value of energy storage and solar generation connected to smart inverters. Led by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the group includes the DNP Users Group, the MESA StandardsRead More

Grid Neutral: How this DC transformerless inverter brings affordable off-grid power to the grid

Grid Neutral: How this DC transformerless inverter brings affordable off-grid power to the grid

January 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm 0 comments

The latest advancements in solar + storage systems have been a departure from the history in this category — mainly, doomsday preppers and hippies getting off the grid, man. No, the solutions of tomorrow are grid-tied but built to reduce a home’s dependency on the grid, using time of useRead More

SolarEdge EV-charging inverter now works with Google Assistant

SolarEdge EV-charging inverter now works with Google Assistant

January 9, 2019 at 2:32 pm 1 comment

SolarEdge says its EV-charging solar inverter — already the first of its kind out there — now works with Google Assistant to make EV charging simpler for consumers and to better integrate all smart home solutions. “Smart homes have mainly been about convenience and interconnectivity, but the next step ofRead More

SolarEdge acquires electric vehicle powertrain provider SMRE

SolarEdge acquires electric vehicle powertrain provider SMRE

January 7, 2019 at 10:33 am 0 comments

SolarEdge Technologies announced a huge move today, acquiring SMRE Spa, a provider of integrated powertrain technology and electronics for electric vehicles. Founded in 1999 and traded on the Italian AIM, SMRE has three business units: e-mobility, automated production machines and telematics software. The company has more than fifteen years ofRead More

SMA’s Tripower CORE1 commercial inverter now equipped with proactive O&M solution

SMA’s Tripower CORE1 commercial inverter now equipped with proactive O&M solution

December 19, 2018 at 11:16 am 0 comments

SMA announced that its Sunny Tripower CORE1 commercial solution will now be offered with SMA Smart Connected, a proactive O&M solution powered by ennexOS that cuts truck rolls in half and saves service costs throughout the lifetime of a commercial system. SMA has also begun shipping new models of theRead More

How this large-scale solar + storage site stayed DC-coupled

Repower your 600-volt PV plants with this Yaskawa Solectria, Alencon combo

December 13, 2018 at 1:53 pm 0 comments

Yaskawa Solectria Solar and Alencon Systems are combining their areas of expertise to start repowering 600V PV plants. The partnership brings together Alencon’s String Power Optimizer and Transmitter, the SPOT, and Yaskawa Solectria Solar’s XGI 1000 transformerless string inverter. The integration of the Alencon SPOT and Yaskawa Solectria Solar’s XGI 1000Read More

SolarEdge products ready to meet both NEC 2017 and Rule 21 Phase 3

SolarEdge products ready to meet both NEC 2017 and Rule 21 Phase 3

December 11, 2018 at 2:15 pm 0 comments

  SolarEdge Technologies is ready for the implementation of both NEC 2017’s revision to the PV Rapid Shutdown System (PVRSS) requirements for 2019 and is prepared for the roll out of Phase 3 of Rule 21. The company offers solutions that comply with these regulations. “By preparing our product lineupRead More

Solar + storage inverter selection: inverter stacking vs. high voltage inverters

Solar + storage inverter selection: inverter stacking vs. high voltage inverters

December 7, 2018 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Scaling an energy storage system requires stacking both energy (batteries) and power (inverters). Batteries that were designed to be modular can typically be stacked without limitation. However, inverter stacking presents more challenges. The question installers must answer is at what point does it make sense to jump from a multi-inverterRead More

BayWa r.e.’s VP of Operations addresses Section 301 tariff on solar inverters

BayWa r.e.’s VP of Operations addresses Section 301 tariff on solar inverters

December 3, 2018 at 1:12 pm 0 comments

Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to suspend any further trade action for 90 days — which means the scheduled increase in the Section 301 tariffs on solar inverters from 10% to 25% is now on pause. But 90 days isn’t a ton of time to resolve theRead More