Inverters

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

Meet the new Fronius Commercial Rooftop Solution (inverter, MC4 connectors, shade cover)

Meet the new Fronius Commercial Rooftop Solution (inverter, MC4 connectors, shade cover)

March 2, 2018 at 10:01 am Comments are Disabled

The commercial and industrial (C&I) space is one of the most challenging environments for solar installations because of high ambient temperatures, high irradiance, obstructions, setbacks or pathways add to the complexity and cost of design. But the segment increased 20 percent in the third quarter of 2017 and may be readyRead More

APsystems improves its EMA portal, here are four new features

APsystems improves its EMA portal, here are four new features

February 27, 2018 at 2:44 pm Comments are Disabled

APsystems has released new system monitoring alert capabilities within its online EMA portal. The new alerts will improve communication regarding any production and communication issues with an enhanced email alert protocol, giving installers and homeowners further insight into any potential issues affecting their systems. While the APsystems EMA has alwaysRead More

SMA America further simplifies its Power+ MLPE inverter solution

SMA America further simplifies its Power+ MLPE inverter solution

February 21, 2018 at 2:11 pm Comments are Disabled

With speed as a top priority for solar professionals in today’s market, SMA has revealed an improved Power+ Solution, which builds on SMA’s MLPE solution to provide even more speed and simplicity. The UL-listed Power+ Solution, which the company claims is the fastest residential PV system to install, is currentlyRead More

PV Pointer: Find the hidden value in ‘oversizing’ inverters

PV Pointer: Find the hidden value in ‘oversizing’ inverters

February 14, 2018 at 4:33 pm Comments are Disabled

While inverter oversizing is not new to the solar industry, there are still inverter manufacturers that do not offer an attractive DC:AC ratio for their inverters. This highly impacts cost and profitability of a solar system. Therefore, it’s important for system designers and solar installers to have a closer lookRead More

Panasonic, Enphase to partner on high-efficiency AC module

Panasonic, Enphase to partner on high-efficiency AC module

February 12, 2018 at 11:00 am Comments are Disabled

Panasonic Corp. of North America and Enphase Energy Inc. are partnering on the development of high efficiency AC Modules (ACMs). To support this partnership, the 320W Enphase IQ 7X Microinverter offers compatibility with Panasonic’s N Series Photovoltaic (PV) Modules HIT (N325/N330), and will be made available to distributors starting May 2018.Read More

Rapid Shutdown and Beyond: Inside NEC 2017 and the effort to streamline PV design

Rapid Shutdown and Beyond: Inside NEC 2017 and the effort to streamline PV design

February 8, 2018 at 11:00 am Comments are Disabled

New codes and regulations are notorious for raising prices and halting innovation in industries, but the new rapid shutdown requirements facing the solar industry are having the opposite effect. Thanks to a coalition of manufacturers and interested parties across solar, the solutions being developed to meet NEC 2017 Module LevelRead More

Enphase Energy debuts seventh generation IQ microinverter

Enphase Energy debuts seventh generation IQ microinverter

February 2, 2018 at 10:29 am Comments are Disabled

Enphase Energy came out with its seventh-generation Enphase IQ microinverters to complement its Home Energy Solution this week. The Enphase IQ 7 Micro and Enphase IQ 7+ Micro have already started shipping to distributors in the United States. What’s new in Gen 7? Seventh-generation IQ icroinverters are powered by Enphase’sRead More

SolarEdge, OMRON team up on optimized high-voltage solar inverter solution for Japanese market

SolarEdge, OMRON team up on optimized high-voltage solar inverter solution for Japanese market

February 1, 2018 at 11:08 am Comments are Disabled

Big-time solar electronics providers, SolarEdge Technologies and OMRON Corp. are launching a new DC optimized inverter solution for Japan’s high-voltage PV market. OMRON will offer SolarEdge’s three-phase DC optimized inverter solution, consisting of inverters, power optimizers, and module-level monitoring, for the high-voltage Japanese PV market. SolarEdge offers a DC optimizedRead More

APsystems microinverters now on Sunnova’s approved vendor list

APsystems microinverters now on Sunnova’s approved vendor list

February 1, 2018 at 11:00 am Comments are Disabled

APsystems joined the approved vendor list for Sunnova, one of the leading U.S. residential solar and energy storage service provider. The agreement brings APsystems advanced microinverter technology to Sunnova’s portfolio of  solar services. Sunnova offers an array of solar lease, lease-to-own, and power-purchase options for customers all across the UnitedRead More

Ask a Distributor: We ask distributors for their purchasing advice, products to watch in 2018

Ask a Distributor: We ask distributors for their purchasing advice, products to watch in 2018

January 29, 2018 at 10:00 am Comments are Disabled

Solar is now the No. 1 new source of capacity being added to the grid, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, and solar installer is the fastest growing job in the country according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And what’s the reason for the rise of this newRead More