Inverters

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

Soligent partners with Chilicon Power for grid-support inverter, monitoring solutions

Soligent partners with Chilicon Power for grid-support inverter, monitoring solutions

June 13, 2018 at 4:16 pm Comments are Disabled

Soligent Distribution, the leading distributor of solar equipment in the United States, has partnered with Chilicon Power, a tech-forward designer and manufacturer of grid-support inverter and monitoring solutions, to expand its quality product menu. Soligent, a pure play solar distributor, financier and technology platform supplies over 5,000 solar installers withRead More

Solar project logistics: Calculating the value of an efficient supply chain

Solar project logistics: Calculating the value of an efficient supply chain

June 13, 2018 at 7:00 am 3 comments

What is a supply chain? It is the flow of all components that go into a given product, and then the flow of that product from its manufacturing origin to its end destination. In a global economy (yes, there still is one, despite Trump’s best efforts) the path from cradleRead More

Power factor boost: Make sure to maximize revenue in design, data monitoring

Power factor boost: Make sure to maximize revenue in design, data monitoring

June 12, 2018 at 7:05 am Comments are Disabled

Remember the Seinfeld episode where the rental car company took Jerry’s reservation, but still didn’t have a car for him? “You know how to take the reservation, you just don’t know how to hold the reservation. And that’s really the most important part: the holding. Anybody can just take them.” That’sRead More

Utility-scale solar string design webinar: Distributed vs. centralized strategies

Utility-scale solar string design webinar: Distributed vs. centralized strategies

June 11, 2018 at 11:01 am Comments are Disabled

When designing a large site one consideration is string or central inverters? Both have well defined benefits. Historically, the large utility-scale sites have mainly relied upon central inverters. Now a third option, the Virtual Central, is paving the way for string inverters into this space. Higher powered string inverters, longerRead More

How to maximize large-scale PV site value with string design

How to maximize large-scale PV site value with string design

June 8, 2018 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

Service models and technology at the string inverter level are vastly improved from where they were a few years ago. Earlier this week we looked at the value of choosing string inverters over central inverters for projects upward of 20 MW, thanks to 1,500-volt architecture, and then the nuances ofRead More

ABB releases 60-kW TRIO-TM smart solar inverter

ABB releases 60-kW TRIO-TM smart solar inverter

June 6, 2018 at 9:11 am Comments are Disabled

The newest addition to ABB’s three-phase, commercial product line is the TRIO-TM-60 with immediate availability. This three maximum power point tracking (MPPT) version features power ratings up to 60 kW and has been designed with enhanced flexibility in mind to maximize the ROI in large systems. “The TRIO-TM-60 is aRead More

Saving costs with large-scale string inverter design, part 2

Saving costs with large-scale string inverter design, part 2

June 6, 2018 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

During this first week of Attack the Tariff, we are looking at all of the efficiencies to be gained and costs to be saved through large-scale string inverter design. In part 1, we looked at the main economic argument for deploying string inverters in large-scale PV projects. Basically, now thatRead More

Saving costs with large-scale string inverter design, part 1

Saving costs with large-scale string inverter design, part 1

June 5, 2018 at 7:30 am Comments are Disabled

String inverters are now a staple of the commercial and industrial and small utility-scale segments, which was solely the domain of central inverters once upon a time. The trend started about six years ago when string inverters souped-up to 1,000 volts and developers and EPCs saw the value in chasingRead More

ABB adds new predictive maintenance alerts to Electrical Distribution Control System

ABB adds new predictive maintenance alerts to Electrical Distribution Control System

June 4, 2018 at 12:03 pm Comments are Disabled

ABB industrial customers will soon be able to receive alerts for predictive maintenance of their facility’s electrical distribution system. ABB is adding new connectivity functions to its ABB Ability Electrical Distribution Control System that make power assets more reliable and simpler to manage. Kevin Jordan, U.S. Market Development Manager forRead More

Data Drivers: Inverter monitoring system trends in the residential market

Data Drivers: Inverter monitoring system trends in the residential market

May 10, 2018 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

This is an excerpt from the 2018 Inverter Buyer’s Guide. Be sure to download the full free report, complete with specs on 136 inverters at the bottom of this page. Don’t let the hard, boxy exterior fool you — today’s inverters are all about transparency. A key in inverter selectionRead More