Inverters and eBOS

Technology trends and installation and servicing advice for solar PV string inverters, central inverters, microinverters and DC optimizers.

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Pictured: CPS 120-kW

This month, our inverter coverage is sponsored by CPS America. With easy access to real, knowledgeable people, stocked parts, 24-hour RMA turnaround, and exceptional diagnostic hardware, CPS America is committed to full life-cycle service and support. Learn more here.

Featured Webinar in March: Rapid Shutdown Showcase: A review of commercial solar RSD strategies and solutions

2020 Inverter Buyer’s Guide now available


Specs for a new line of NEMA 4X, non-metallic enclosures from Fibox

Specs for a new line of NEMA 4X, non-metallic enclosures from Fibox

March 2, 2020 at 10:39 am 0 comments

Aptly named, the TEMPO series from Fibox keeps up with the pulse of today’s market to provide a convenient and speedy enclosing solution for controls and components.  The large cover offers ample real estate for printing, labels or switches. The water tight box keeps components dry and dust free, thanksRead More

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: Rapid Shutdown Showcase — A review of commercial solar RSD strategies and solutions

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: Rapid Shutdown Showcase — A review of commercial solar RSD strategies and solutions

March 2, 2020 at 9:32 am 0 comments

  Rapid Shutdown (RSD) requirements have been a moving target for commercial solar PV system designers, and solutions to meet and exceed NEC 2017 standards have continued to emerge and evolve. In this webinar, CPS America, the leading commercial inverter supplier in the country, will go in-depth on the evolutionsRead More

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: Solar O&M: The business case for professional solar plant monitoring

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: Solar O&M: The business case for professional solar plant monitoring

February 26, 2020 at 2:00 pm 0 comments

  What: Revamping or retrofitting performance monitoring on existing plants often means a truck-roll and associated costs for the installers. Can a business case be made for professional solar plant monitoring or solar plant monitoring retrofit? Is the retrofit worth it for the plant owner? In Uncovering Hidden Value in YourRead More

GENIUS smart electric panels approved for revenue grade metering in Canada

GENIUS smart electric panels approved for revenue grade metering in Canada

February 25, 2020 at 8:30 am 1 comment

Measurement Canada and Weights & Measures has approved the revenue grade metering for GENIUS, a smart panel from Koben Systems. With over 10 years of R&D, GENIUS is a stealth technology for plug-and-play all-in-one solutions. GENIUS enables the convergence of renewable resources for on-grid or off-grid applications under one unified energyRead More

New 3-Pole M10 Stud Type AC Terminal Block

Details on a CPS America solar inverter design improvement

February 24, 2020 at 1:34 pm 0 comments

Effective Date: Shipments starting January 2020 Affected Products: Model No. CPS SCH100/125KTL-600-SWB (Standard Wire-box) CPS America sent word that it’s made a change to the AC Output Terminal used within the Distributed/Standard Wire-box of the SCH100KTL-DO/US-600 and SCH125KTL-DO/US-600 inverter models. The change includes replacing and upgrading the 4-pole M8 studRead More

Schneider Electric Solar’s hybrid Conext XW Pro inverter qualifies for HECO grid support

Schneider Electric Solar’s hybrid Conext XW Pro inverter qualifies for HECO grid support

February 21, 2020 at 10:43 am 0 comments

Schneider Electric Solar, the solar business division of Schneider Electric, hit a milestone this week as its latest hybrid inverter, Conext XW Pro, was included on the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) Qualified Equipment List for Grid Support Utility Interactive Inverters and Controllers. Since the launch of Conext XW Pro inverter/chargerRead More

Typical 1500V array-powered DC/DC converter with 24V DC output.

How array-powered DC-DC converters reduce capital costs for PV monitoring

February 18, 2020 at 10:00 am 0 comments

Solar arrays, particularly utility-scale and commercial and industrial (C&I) installations, collect a significant amount of data for efficient asset management and qualitative operational metrics such as performance ratio. A substantial amount of this data can be collected from inverters and substations with easy access to AC power and communications. However,Read More

Residential storage hybrid inverter from Solis now available to installers in the United States

Residential storage hybrid inverter from Solis now available to installers in the United States

February 17, 2020 at 12:54 pm 0 comments

Ginlong Technologies sent word that its residential energy storage inverter is now available to U.S. installers. The Smart Home Solis Solution incorporates single-phase string technology into an intelligent hybrid platform to support maximum self-consumption, safely and reliably. “Designed for flexibility and performance, our new hybrid storage inverter brings industry-defining efficiencyRead More

Solar Support, SEMIKRON team up to service, replace failing solar inverters on large-scale legacy sites

Solar Support, SEMIKRON team up to service, replace failing solar inverters on large-scale legacy sites

February 13, 2020 at 10:04 am 0 comments

Engineering services company Solar Support has launched a new component replacement program for PV asset owners, operators and O&M providers to service failing inverters, one of the solar industry’s biggest O&M issues. The integrated solution combines diagnostics, repair, training, and refurbishment services to replace damaged inverters with brand-new components at aRead More

Fault Busters: A field technician’s guide to troubleshooting solar inverter issues

Fault Busters: A field technician’s guide to troubleshooting solar inverter issues

February 10, 2020 at 8:05 am 1 comment

You’ve got a fault code or even a whole series of fault codes, and it looks like something has gone wrong with an inverter. Downtime is expensive, so a technician needs to hop in a truck and go fix that faulty inverter pronto, right? Hold on there. Effective troubleshooters neverRead More