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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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2021 Inverter Buyer’s Guide now available


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

Aptos Solar, NEP team up on high-powered AC solar solution

Aptos Solar, NEP team up on high-powered AC solar solution

January 13, 2021 at 10:57 am Comments are Disabled

Aptos Solar Technology, a provider of high-efficiency solar module technology, and Northern Electric Power (NEP), a global manufacturer of microinverters, have joined forces to deploy high-performance AC solutions to the U.S. solar market. The two Silicon Valley based-companies have entered a collaborative partnership in which the design and engineering of theirRead More

NEP debuts 500-Wac ‘macro-inverter’ for higher wattage solar panels

NEP debuts 500-Wac ‘macro-inverter’ for higher wattage solar panels

December 22, 2020 at 11:18 am Comments are Disabled

Don’t look under your tree just yet. Silicon Valley-based NEP just announced a new high power microinverter that they are dubbing a ‘macro inverter’ for its power capacity of over 500Wac. The industry standard in this category has been about 300Wac per module, but as PV panel makers introduce new panels leapingRead More

Russelectric with a new RTSCD Commercial Duty Transfer Switch

Russelectric with a new RTSCD Commercial Duty Transfer Switch

December 21, 2020 at 3:28 pm Comments are Disabled

Russelectric, a Siemens Business and manufacturer of power control systems and automatic transfer switches, debuted a new, lower-price point RTSCD commercial duty transfer switch for commercial spaces. Educational campuses, high-rise complexes, industrial plants, and manufacturing facilities can rely on the RTSCD to provide emergency power needed to keep critical operationsRead More

APsystems’ rapid shutdown device now PVRSE-compatible with SMA inverters

APsystems’ rapid shutdown device now PVRSE-compatible with SMA inverters

December 21, 2020 at 2:46 pm Comments are Disabled

APsystems welcomes SMA to its growing network of inverter manufacturers compatible with its APsmart brand of Sunspec standard-compliant Photovoltaic Rapid Shutdown Equipment (PVRSE). Solar professionals in the United States can now combine the complete range of SunSpec Rapid Shutdown-certified SMA inverters with a reliable, safe and cost-effective APsmart Rapid ShutdownRead More