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Sungrow booth at WFES 2018 (PRNewsfoto/SUNGROW Power Supply Co., Ltd)

Sungrow launches 3-MW, 1,500-volt turnkey station, inverter series at World Future Energy Summit

January 17, 2018 at 9:32 am Comments are Disabled

Sungrow, a global inverter solution supplier for renewables, launched the SG3125HV, the company’s latest 3.125 MW 1500 Vdc turnkey station, along with its string inverter series, at the World Future Energy Summit, the most visited event for renewable energy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, held at theRead More

First Solar to provide warranty service for Power Electronics inverters

First Solar to provide warranty service for Power Electronics inverters

January 10, 2018 at 8:32 am Comments are Disabled

First Solar and Power Electronics have finalized an agreement to utilize First Solar’s PV Operations & Maintenance (O&M) team to provide Power Electronics warranty service on inverters installed throughout the United States. This unique relationship enables tangible owner value by reducing response time and repair time. The arrangement allows PowerRead More

Tigo debuts its most cost-effective rapid shutdown solution yet

Tigo debuts its most cost-effective rapid shutdown solution yet

January 8, 2018 at 9:30 am Comments are Disabled

Tigo released its new TS4-F (Fire Safety) to join the current TS4 Platform of integrated and retrofit/add-on junction box covers. As the most cost-effective rapid shutdown solution in the TS4 Platform, the TS4-F will accompany the family of products in the form of integrated PV modules by manufacturers worldwide. ConsultRead More

Fronius USA announces new President and CEO

Fronius USA announces new President and CEO

January 5, 2018 at 8:06 am Comments are Disabled

Fronius USA, located in Portage, Indiana and leading manufacturer of welding and solar equipment, announces new leadership to serve as both Director of Solar Energy and overall CEO of the company. During his Fronius career, Adrian Noronho has progressed in various leadership roles since joining the organization 7 years ago.Read More

Energy metering, management firm Continental Control Systems acquired by SOCOMEC

Energy metering, management firm Continental Control Systems acquired by SOCOMEC

January 2, 2018 at 9:42 am Comments are Disabled

SOCOMEC an independent, industrial group of based in France acquired Continental Control Systems, a Longmont, Colo.-based manufacturing and engineering firm known for its AC energy measurement meters (WattNode) and current transformers (Accu-CT). The acquisition of CCS fully aligns with SOCOMEC’s goals of expanding further into North America and Canada whereRead More

Schneider Electric sending 1,000 Conext hybrid inverters to Puerto Rico

Schneider Electric sending 1,000 Conext hybrid inverters to Puerto Rico

December 21, 2017 at 11:24 am Comments are Disabled

Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico over 90 days ago and many residents are still without power, making this the longest major blackout in U.S. history. Officials have estimated it could take four to six months to restore the power grid to full functionality. As we’ve noted before, solar companiesRead More

Enphase simplifies, beefs up Combiner+ for its IQ microinverter system

Enphase simplifies, beefs up Combiner+ for its IQ microinverter system

December 18, 2017 at 10:43 am Comments are Disabled

Enphase Energy continues to build out its IQ platform with the IQ Combiner+ with Enphase IQ Envoy. The IQ Combiner+ consolidates residential solar interconnection equipment into a single enclosure and streamlines PV and storage installations by providing a consistent, pre-wired solution for residential applications. What’s different about it? The IQ Combiner+Read More

SB Buzz Podcast: Fronius’ Dan Fortson talks the evolution of solar from the early days to now (and how he’d change it)

SB Buzz Podcast: Fronius’ Dan Fortson talks the evolution of solar from the early days to now (and how he’d change it)

December 7, 2017 at 4:14 pm Comments are Disabled

Dan Fortson, applications engineer for Fronius USA, is a lifer in solar energy – starting back in the wild west days of the ‘80s, learning from the early off-grid PV pioneers to now working for one of the top inverter brands in the industry. He has seen a lot over the years, and he’sRead More

What will solar systems look like in 2020? Fronius makes predictions

What will solar systems look like in 2020? Fronius makes predictions

December 6, 2017 at 10:21 am Comments are Disabled

In just a few years, we will flip the calendar to a new decade. However, in a rapidly evolving industry like solar, a few years can mean significant changes. So what will solar systems look like in 2020? Fronius has some bold predictions they’d like to share, as well as aRead More

Alencon’s SPOT X2 DC-to-DC optimizer can boost utility-scale PV plant performance.

Close the Gap: How to revive lagging large-scale PV project performance

December 4, 2017 at 10:46 am Comments are Disabled

A completed PV project is like a splashy free agent sports signing. Everyone is all pumped up at the ribbon cutting or press conference, but if it underperforms and misses expectations, that goodwill is gone. Live up to that contract or get booed. In a world where new utility-scale projectsRead More