Inverters

Pika Energy contracts with local New England company for component manufacturing

Pika Energy contracts with local New England company for component manufacturing

March 17, 2017 at 9:38 am Comments are Disabled

Electronics manufacturing services provider MC Assembly is working with Maine-based Pika Energy to manufacture components of the company’s solar inverter product lines. Pika Energy selected MC Assembly in 2016, seeking a New England-based manufacturing partner to meet the company’s increasing production needs.   “We looked to MC Assembly when weRead More

SMA’s Sunny Boy-US series achieves UL 1741 listing

SMA’s Sunny Boy-US series achieves UL 1741 listing

March 17, 2017 at 8:30 am Comments are Disabled

SMA America announced the Sunny Boy-US series as the first residential inverter to achieve UL 1741 SA (Supplement A) listing, which represents a significant step in creating a more stable grid and providing the best technology for the residential market. SMA has completed functional and safety testing with the SunnyRead More

1,500-volt systems to trend in 2017: Here’s what you need to know

1,500-volt systems to trend in 2017: Here’s what you need to know

March 14, 2017 at 6:06 am 1 comment

Large-scale solar projects are heading into yet another sea change: the 1,500-volt PV system (Vdc). The idea behind the voltage increase is the same now as it was during the move from 600 volts to 1,000 volts — further reduce installation costs and increase profitability by reducing the number ofRead More

Fronius explains streamlined software updates for its inverter lineup

Fronius explains streamlined software updates for its inverter lineup

March 13, 2017 at 9:50 am Comments are Disabled

Fronius is really focused on streamlining its software updates these days. Now Fronius customers are able to remotely update the software of inverters over the web. All you need is a Fronius SnapINverter that has an internet connection and the inverter or system is registered on Fronius Solar.web, Fronius’ freeRead More

2017 Solar Inverter Buyer’s Guide

2017 Solar Inverter Buyer’s Guide

March 8, 2017 at 12:34 pm 9 comments

The 2018 version is now available to download for FREE here. Inverters are the brains of the PV system, and if you want to tease out this metaphor (and I do), the comparison is deeper than just “the part that does the thinking.” Really, looking at the latest studies inRead More

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Inverter experts explain how to best calculate levelized cost of energy

March 6, 2017 at 12:00 pm Comments are Disabled

Levelized cost of energy (LCOE) is one of the most important metrics used for judging the value of a PV system. It is also less easily understood and seemingly open to interpretation. How am I really calculating this figure? What is sitting outside this calculation? Ask five inverter companies, andRead More

SolarEdge debuts complete residential solar solution in Europe

SolarEdge debuts complete residential solar solution in Europe

March 6, 2017 at 11:53 am Comments are Disabled

SolarEdge Technologies is rolling out its new complete residential solution throughout Europe. Combining PV inverter, storage and home automation, the complete residential solution manages and monitors solar energy generation, electricity consumption, energy storage, and device control that enables homeowners to increase self-consumption and energy independence. “SolarEdge is committed to makingRead More

APsystems to donate $1 for every microinverter it sells to Extend the Day charity

APsystems to donate $1 for every microinverter it sells to Extend the Day charity

March 2, 2017 at 5:06 pm Comments are Disabled

The solar industry, more than most, has a focus on giving back when it can. Microinverter manufacturer APsystems is going to donate $1 for every microinverter purchased to Extend the Day, a charity organization which gives solar reading lights to school children in disadvantaged countries with no access to electricity. TheRead More

Details on Fronius Solar.web functionality updates

Details on Fronius Solar.web functionality updates

February 28, 2017 at 9:34 am Comments are Disabled

Fronius Solar Energy recently overhauled its Fronius Solar.web online portal to provide a better experience to monitor and analyze data from their systems. Among the new features available is a remote update function for the inverter software, which the user can initiate at a click of a button. Fronius has alsoRead More

PV Pointer: How inverter advancement is leading the way for the solar industry

PV Pointer: How inverter advancement is leading the way for the solar industry

February 27, 2017 at 9:25 am Comments are Disabled

For the past decade, the solar energy industry has been focused on reaching grid parity, which occurs when solar energy generates power at a Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) equal to the price of purchasing power from the grid. In many regions around the world and in some states inRead More