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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

SunSpec: Smart inverter communication now a national standard, here’s what comes next

SunSpec: Smart inverter communication now a national standard, here’s what comes next

June 1, 2020 at 3:13 pm 0 comments

On May 21, 2020, the IEEE 1547.1-2020 standard was officially published, making smart inverters with standard communication interfaces the official U.S. national standard for Distributed Energy Resources (DER). This news comes via the SunSpec Alliance, a trade alliance of more than 100 solar and storage distributed energy industry participants that isRead More

Alencon Systems debuts simplified DC to DC power conversion units with new BOX platform

Alencon Systems debuts simplified DC to DC power conversion units with new BOX platform

May 21, 2020 at 3:43 pm 0 comments

The DC:DC power conversion innovators at Alencon Systems LLC have unveiled their latest creations this week: the BOSS BOX and the SPOT BOX. These are scalable, centralized units of DC:DC power conversion built on Alencon’s galvanically isolated, bi-directional and uni-directional platforms (got all that?). Inside ‘the BOX’ The BOX platform (BatteryRead More

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: C&I solar demo — How to Utilize the Fronius Symo Advanced in Commercial Projects

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: C&I solar demo — How to Utilize the Fronius Symo Advanced in Commercial Projects

May 19, 2020 at 2:00 pm 0 comments

The commercial and industrial (C&I) space is one of the most challenging environments for solar installations, however it can also be the most lucrative. Installers and designers must choose the best equipment when making a C&I solar investment. In this free, 1-hour educational webinar, get to understand the flexibility andRead More

Ginlong Solis is expanding, plans to raise $100M to double string inverter production

Ginlong Solis is expanding, plans to raise $100M to double string inverter production

May 15, 2020 at 10:13 am 0 comments

Ginlong Technologies has plans to raise over $100 million USD through a non-public offering to finance the expansion of its manufacturing capacity. Facing a rise in the global string inverter market, Ginlong will use these funds to double its production capacity of Solis products to 20 GW per year. ThisRead More

Rejoice for choice: 12 companies now in the SunSpec Rapid Shutdown ecosystem

Rejoice for choice: 12 companies now in the SunSpec Rapid Shutdown ecosystem

May 13, 2020 at 11:05 am 0 comments

Product choice has been an issue with rapid shutdown requirements since the NEC 2017 update, but that tide is starting to turn. Six additional members within the SunSpec Alliance ranks have announced products and services supporting the SunSpec Communication Signal for Rapid Shutdown standard, bringing the size of the SunSpecRead More

Span raises $10.2 million in quest to reinvent the home electrical panel

Span raises $10.2 million in quest to reinvent the home electrical panel

May 12, 2020 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

While homes today are plugging in an assortment of connected devices, appliances, electronics and energy upgrades such as solar panels, batteries, and EV chargers, the standard electrical panel hasn’t been improved in nearly a century. Span is one strong contender looking to change that. Led by executives and lead engineersRead More

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HellermannTyton adds bifacial module wire management insight to solar tracker white paper

May 11, 2020 at 10:52 am Comments are Disabled

HellermannTyton’s Wire Management for Single Axis Trackers white paper has been updated to include extensive commentary on bifacial modules as well as modules with split J boxes. The publication provides industry insights and guidance on best practices for installers, site owners and MROs. “As the utility scale solar market evolves,Read More

Safety considerations for assessing module-level shutdown solutions

Safety considerations for assessing module-level shutdown solutions

May 11, 2020 at 9:44 am Comments are Disabled

Now that California – the largest solar market in the U.S. – has adopted the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC), many solar installers wonder what a good solution for the Module Level Shutdown (Art. 690.12) requirement looks like. With safety being paramount, this article identifies the major criteria for assessingRead More