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March is Inverter Month on Solarbuildermag.com, sponsored by SMA America. Here you will find news on the latest technology trends and products, plus and installation and servicing advice for solar PV string inverters, central inverters, microinverters and DC optimizers.

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O&M tip: Protect PV connectors at all times

O&M tip: Protect PV connectors at all times

February 19, 2021 at 10:00 am Comments are Disabled

One of the most impressive things about walking around (at least most) utility-scale PV sites, is how neat, orderly, and consistent the cable management is. Unfortunately though this might be covering up some of the issues that happened during the install phase. Issues that create weak points and compromised components,Read More

Tie breakers: A test of cable management materials in the California desert

Tie breakers: A test of cable management materials in the California desert

February 10, 2021 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

Whether you build, operate or own utility-scale PV, managing costs while ensuring quality is top of mind for all involved. At first glance, cable management might not be as critical as modules or central inverters. Over time, cable management issues — specifically cable tie failures — can affect a site’sRead More

Enphase Energy is adding the solar design, proposal, plan sets business of DIN Engineering Services

Enphase Energy is adding the solar design, proposal, plan sets business of DIN Engineering Services

February 9, 2021 at 12:52 pm Comments are Disabled

Enphase Energy has agreed to acquire the Solar Design Services business of DIN Engineering Services LLP. Based in Noida, India, the business is a leading provider of outsourced proposal drawings and permit plan sets for residential solar installers in North America. DIN’s Solar Design Services business has more than a decadeRead More

Safety beyond NEC 690: How pairing with IEC, UL and IEEE standards mitigates solar install risks

Safety beyond NEC 690: How pairing with IEC, UL and IEEE standards mitigates solar install risks

February 8, 2021 at 11:27 am Comments are Disabled

As commercial and utility-scale solar projects become more widespread, fires and failures shouldn’t. Unfortunately, the number of rooftop solar installation fires in the United States each year increased 69 percent between 2016 and 2018, according to U.S. Fire Administration data. Unprotected, improperly connected or incompatible connectors are some of theRead 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 5, 2021 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

Wire and Cable Management Buyer’s Guide 2021

Wire and Cable Management Buyer’s Guide 2021

February 2, 2021 at 1:00 pm 1 comment

Wire and cable management decisions can seem small, but they have both short- and long-term ramifications, from boosting installation efficiencies and cutting site-prep costs to reducing O&M burdens and improving a project’s levelized cost of energy (LCOE). We reached out to providers of wire and cable management systems for residentialRead More

FIMER debuts solar inverter for commercial and industrial segment

FIMER debuts solar inverter for commercial and industrial segment

February 2, 2021 at 11:04 am Comments are Disabled

FIMER introduced a new PVS-10/33-TL three-phase string inverter solutions for commercial and industrial applications. Designed to cater for the increasing demand for flexibility in commercial and industrial sectors, the new range extends FIMER’s existing string inverter portfolio to offer a host of additional performance features and address any kind ofRead More

Three ways inverter-agnostic solar PV monitoring can improve your solar installation services

Three ways inverter-agnostic solar PV monitoring can improve your solar installation services

February 2, 2021 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

Basics worth repeating When a solar PV system is not functioning as it should, that means less energy production, which means a loss of ROI for a customer. That is a duh statement to be sure, but it’s also a scenario that occurs often enough in the solar industry thatRead More

Tesla launched a solar inverter. Here’s all we know

Tesla launched a solar inverter. Here’s all we know

January 21, 2021 at 12:19 pm Comments are Disabled

With little fanfare this week, Tesla launched its own solar inverter, getting a step closer to having a fully in-house PV system. Available now, the Tesla Solar Inverter is a stackable string inverter with two models – 3.8 kW and 7.6 kW – featuring either two or four maximum powerRead More

Tigo Energy raises $20 million in huge investment round

Tigo Energy raises $20 million in huge investment round

January 15, 2021 at 9:39 am Comments are Disabled

Tigo Energy, Inc., one of the top brands in module level power electronics, announced a $20 million round of investment, led by Energy Growth Momentum. The investment will be used to improve upon existing products and develop next generation solutions that maximize returns for PV customers. A portion of theRead More