Solar Inverter Buyer’s Guide 2023

Solar Inverter Buyer's Guide

The 2023 Solar Inverter Buyer’s Guide reflects a sea change in the market, as manufacturers debut models that meet the smart inverter standards of UL 1741 and the PV Hazard Control testing of UL 3741. Meanwhile, more and more microinverters are emerging that make their case via boosted power output, handling multiple modules and hardening reliability. From hybrids that connect PV solar with batteries to souped-up string inverters that decentralize utility-scale arrays, there’s a lot to consider.

Before we get to what’s new among the 15 manufacturers listed, here is some buying advice from the product pros.

Service and support matter | “The quality of an equipment manufacturer should be measured not only by the quality of their products but also the reliability of their service and support teams. Ensure that the modules, inverters, racking, and balance of system manufacturers you choose to work with have a history of supporting their projects in the field,” says  Anton Patton, product management and applications engineering director at CPS America.

Complete solutions | “This year, we see a tremendous focus on the importance of a complete solution for residential customers and with that, are putting emphasis on education, training and support that is needed to ensure a seamless experience for the end-user,” says Nhan Pimentel, VP home segment, SMA America.  

Off-grid, industrial-grade needs | “Solar electric systems are increasingly attractive for industrial users and their critical remote powering needs. They’ll be looking for the best OPEX in systems possible, and that requires components with long-term, ‘hands-off’ reliability. Consequently, there will be a greater emphasis on high-quality, more dependable products and systems, and less on price sensitivity. Future systems will prioritize more secure control and communications features, using a number of industry protocols, for more seamless integration (benefiting installers) and operation (benefiting end users).  Pre-configured systems require less installation time up-front and generally enjoy lower maintenance costs. We expect this trend to continue,” says William Mellema, director, product management with Morningstar.

Installing for the long-term | “Without extensive development and rigorous testing, these products can be prone to failure, costing solar installers time, money, and reputation. When installers make an investment in a PV system, they are investing in the quality of the manufacturer and their promise to stand behind their product.  My advice would be to research and choose a reputable brand that has maintained a highly regarded name in the solar industry.  When it comes to solar innovation, warranty, support and overall experience, installers should find a trusted company that is dedicated to providing not only quality products and technology, but also exceptional long-term service and solutions,” says Bob Wszolek, Fronius USA content marketing specialist.

Planning for batteries | “With new California regulations, the time is now to take steps to secure battery supply and to consider its impact on your overall workflow. A higher volume of battery projects will translate to a longer typical install,” says Josh Schlipp, Renogy X president.

“A growing trend we expect to become much more prominent this year is for homeowners to buy PV+storage in combination. In California, the introduction of the NEM 3.0 Net Billing Tariff on April 14, and the state’s subsequent transition to a self-consumption market, will mean that adding storage to PV systems becomes essential for homeowners who want a faster return on their investment. For traditional PV installers, these trends present an opportunity to significantly improve their business profitability. They should seek to offer a range of storage solutions that meet all need states – self-consumption, partial backup and full backup. They should also consider the factors that make installing batteries easier and more profitable for their business. For example, a battery that is quicker to install and commission will allow them to complete projects much more quickly, greatly improving their productivity,” Magnus Asbo, senior director – residential product management, SolarEdge Technologies.

Avoid delays | “Supply chains are tenuous in 2023 as the solar energy industry is on a steep growth path.  Don’t over-promise with your customers,” says Terence Parker with Solis.

Opting for optimizers | “Optimizers are becoming an efficient and cost effective addition to rooftop solar systems. For many cases, they can help homeowners maximize energy production and reduce the cost of their electricity bill. Using optimizers also allow systems to easily meet Rapid Shut Down requirement while also enabling module-level monitoring,” says Chauncey Sun, senior director of product management at TIGO Energy.

2023 news and product updates below. Click on any product name to expand the section and get more information.



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What’s new? CPS America has held No. 1 market share in three-phase commercial string inverters seven of the past eight years. In 2023, CPS America is bringing its string technology to the utility scale with a suite of integrated 800Vac products, including a 250/275 kW three-phase string inverter, a three-in-one ac combiner and fused disconnect, multiple cluster mounting racks, an ac power line communications (PLC) kit, and a 4.17 MVA medium-voltage transformer skid with space for up to 2 MW of modular battery-based inverters. These CPS 800Vac products are all UL listed and available today with lead times as short as 4-6 weeks for inverters and combiners and 22-24 weeks for transformer skids. Expect to see more utility-scale updates throughout the year from CPS America, including more energy storage and balance of system solutions.

CPS 36kW V2 String Inverter

The new, V2 version of the 36kW (36kVA) CPS three-phase string inverter is designed for rooftop and carport applications. The units are high performance, advanced and reliable inverters designed specifically for the North American environment and grid. High efficiency at 98.8% peak and 97.4% CEC, wide operating voltages, broad temperature ranges and a NEMA Type 4X enclosure enable this inverter platform to operate at high performance across many applications.  CPS 36KTL V2 ships with either the Standard wire-box or the Rapid Shutdown wire-box, each fully integrated and separable with touch-safe fusing, monitoring, and AC and DC disconnect switches. The integrated PLC transmitter in the Rapid Shutdown Wire-box enables PVRSS certified module-level rapid shutdown when used with APS RSD-S-PLC/RSD-D products. The CPS FlexOM Gateway enables monitoring, controls and remote product upgrades.

The CPS SCA36KTL-DO-US-480-V2 is currently UL 1741-SB listed and is expected to receive UL 3741 listing with IronRidge, Sollega, Panelclaw, and Unirac by Q2 2023.

  • Separable wire-box for simplified O&M and fast service
  • 3 MPPTs with 5 inputs per MPPT
  • Optional FlexOM Gateway enables remote firmware upgrades
  • Standard and integrated RSD wire-box options
  • Copper- and Aluminum-compatible AC connections

The CPS 25kW-208V three phase string inverters are designed and optimized for rooftop and carport applications with 208Vac service voltages. The CPS 25kW product ships with the Rapid Shutdown wire-box, fully integrated and separable with touch safe fusing, monitoring, and AC and DC disconnect switches. The integrated PLC transmitter in the Rapid Shutdown wire-box enables PVRSS certified module-level rapid shutdown when used with the TIGO, APS, and NEP products. The CPS Flex Gateway enables monitoring, controls and remote product upgrades.

  • 208V AC output
  • 3 MPPTs with 2 inputs each for maximum flexibility
  • Integrated RSD wire-box options with TIGO, APS, and NEP
  • NEC 2017/2020 compliant and UL listed Arc-Fault protection
  • Separable wire-box design for fast service

Mostly Micros


APSystems

What’s new? APsystems has launched the QT2, a 3-Phase microinverter for C&I applications. Each QT2 connects to up to 4 PV modules, is rapid shutdown and UL 1741 SA compliant. Why microinverters in commercial solar? As featured in the recent Solar Builder article “Making the case for microinverters in C&I solar,” the QT2 offers built-in rapid shutdown, pairing with higher capacity PV modules, improved performance over string inverters under a variety of conditions, fewer potential points of failure, plug-and-play three-phase wiring, and bonus: microinverters are now more cost-effective than ever.

The QT2 is a 3-Phase microinverter for C&I applications. Each QT2 connects to up to 4 PV modules, is rapid shutdown and UL 1741 SA (CA Rule 21) compliant and comes in 1728W (208V) and 1800W (480V) output models. Why microinverters in commercial solar? As featured in the recent Solar Builder article “Making the case for microinverters in C&I solar,” the QT2 offers built-in rapid shutdown, pairing with higher capacity PV modules, improved performance over string inverters under a variety of conditions, fewer potential points of failure, plug-and-play three-phase wiring, and bonus: microinverters are now more cost-effective than ever. Solar installers can now offer their C&I customers all the benefits of MLPE in an easy-to-install, plug-and-play, native 3-Phase microinverter package. UL 1741-SB to be completed by end of Q1 2023.

  • 208V and 480V models, wye and delta 3-Phase.
  • True 3-Phase in the cable, no need to balance phases manually.
  • Pairs with 4 PV modules 500-600W+ (dep. on your preferred AC/DC ratio).
  • Inherently Rapid Shutdown compliant, no separate RSD system required.
  • Reduces potential points of failure (PPOF) by 75%.
  • Distributors: CED Greentech, Krannich, Soligent, Sonepar, Wesco, Fortune Energy, EDGES, iSolar Brokers, RENVU, Crescent Electric, ECO Distributing, Enertech, French Gerleman, GenPro, Ontility, Solar Wholesale, The Power Store, Van Meter, VP Supply, UMA Solar, and Wholesale Electric
  • sales.usa@apsystems.com
  • usa.apsystems.com

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What’s new? Hoymiles USA officially opened on Feb. 28 to serve as a hub for sales and technical support operations across North America. Hoymiles can now offer faster response times to customer queries and support requests, faster delivery times and localized support for U.S. customers. As Hoymiles’ manufacturing capacity is expected to reach 5 million units in 2023, it is also speeding up the deployment of local warehouses and manufacturing bases in other key markets. Customers around the world can expect shorter delivery times in the future.

HM-700NT

Hoymiles 2-in-1 microinverter can connect up to 2 panels at once and maximize the PV production of your installation. With a maximum DC voltage of 60 V, Hoymiles microinverter is a PV Rapid Shutdown Equipment and conforms with NEC-2017 and NEC-2020 Article 690.12 and CEC-2021 Sec 64-218. The model equipped with reactive power control and can meet the requirements of IEEE 1547, UL 1741 and CA Rule21.

  • Peak output power: 700VA
  • Commonly used module power: 280 to 470W+
  • Maximum input voltage: 60V
  • Maximum input current: 11.5A
  • Enclosure rating: IP67

HM-1500NT

Hoymiles 4-in-1 microinverter is one of the most cost-effective module-level solar solutions, as it can support up to 4 panels at once and maximize the PV production of your installation. With a maximum DC voltage of 60 volts, Hoymiles microinverter is a PV Rapid Shutdown Equipment and conforms with NEC-2017 and NEC-2020 Article 690.12 and CEC-2021 Sec 64-218. Both models listed are equipped with reactive power control and can meet the requirements of IEEE 1547, UL 1741 and CA Rule 21.

  • Peak output power: 1500VA
  • Commonly used module power: 300 to 505W+
  • Maximum input voltage: 60V
  • Maximum input current: 11.5A
  • Enclosure rating: IP67

HMS-500-1T-NA

The new HMS-500 series are suitable for high-powered solar panels, which rank among the highest for 1-in-1 microinverters. Each microinverter can be connected to one panel and used in various applications, making it one of the most flexible solar solutions. With a maximum dc voltage of 65 volts, Hoymiles microinverter is a PV Rapid Shutdown Equipment and conforms with NEC-2017 and NEC-2020 Article 690.12 and CEC-2021 Sec 64-218. It is UL 1741 listed. The new Sub-1G wireless solution enables more stable communication with Hoymiles gateway DTU.

  • Peak output power: 500VA
  • Commonly used module power: 400 to 670W+
  • Maximum input voltage: 65V
  • Maximum input current: 14A
  • Enclosure rating: IP67

HMS-1000-2T-NA

The HMS-1000 series are suitable for high-powered solar panels, which rank among the highest for 2-in-1 microinverters. Each microinverter can connect up to 2 panels, with independent MPPT and monitoring maximizing the power production of your installation. With a maximum DC voltage of 65 volts, Hoymiles microinverter is a PV Rapid Shutdown Equipment and conforms with NEC-2017 and NEC-2020 Article 690.12 and CEC-2021 Sec 64-218. The new Sub-1G wireless solution enables more stable communication with Hoymiles gateway DTU. It is UL 1741 listed.

  • Peak output power: 1000VA
  • Commonly used module power: 400 to 670W+
  • Maximum input voltage: 65V
  • Maximum input current: 16A
  • Enclosure rating: IP67

HMS-2000-4T-NA

Hoymiles 4-in-1 microinverter HMS-2000C supports up to 4 panels at once, providing substantial cost savings for installers. All of these models listed are connected to an intelligent monitoring system to track individual modules’ performance over time and offer superior energy production. The new Sub-1G wireless solution enables more stable communication under various environmental conditions. It is UL 1741 listed.

  • Peak output power: 2000VA
  • Commonly used module power: 400 to 670W+
  • Maximum input voltage: 65V
  • Maximum input current: 16A
  • Enclosure rating: IP67

HRSD-1C

As part of Hoymiles rapid shutdown solution for PV system, HRSD-1C/2C can be connected with one and two module respectively. It meets NEC 2017, NEC 2020, UL 1741 and SunSpec Rapid Shutdown requirements, guaranteeing PV system safety. When installed with and receiving a "permission to operate" signal from Hoymiles Transmitter, HRSD starts proper operation of PV system. In case of emergency, PV system would enter module-level rapid shutdown mode by simply disconnecting the AC power of Transmitter or using an external initiator.

  • Input Voltage Range: 8–80V
  • Communication Type: SunSpec PLC
  • Maximum Current: 15 A (20 A or 25 A optional)
  • Shutdown Output Voltage: 1V
  • Outdoor Rating: IP68 / NEMA6P

DTU-Pro-S and DTU-Pro(Same)

Hoymiles gateway DTU-Pro is a data transfer unit which collects information and data of PV microinverter using 2.4G wireless solution (DTU-Pro-S uses Sub-1G wireless) and sends them to S-Miles Cloud, Hoymiles monitoring System, using different communication options such as Ethernet, Wi-Fi, GPRS or 4G. With DTU-Pro, users can easily read module-level data and alarms, realize remote operation and maintenance of PV system at any time, from anywhere on S-Miles Cloud. Pro maximum distance is 200m. Pro-S maximum distance is 400m.


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What’s new? Enphase Energy is continuing to build out a full suite of products for the all-electric home, recently demonstrating its bidirectional EV charger enabling vehicle-to-home (V2H) and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) functionality. This product will leverage the power of grid-forming IQ8 Microinverters and Ensemble energy management technology to integrate into Enphase home energy systems.

IQ8 Microinverter

IQ8 Microinverters are UL Listed as PV Rapid Shut Down Equipment and have more than 1 million cumulative hours of power-on testing. IQ8 also unlocks new backup power opportunities for customers and sales avenues for installers. In addition to providing sunlight backup for the first time ever, typical storage sizing and ratio restrictions no longer apply with IQ8. Installers can add a range of battery sizes to customers’ homes and expand their systems over time as needed.

  • Grid-forming microinverter with proprietary microchip makes sunlight backup possible for the first time and eliminates constraints on battery sizing for home energy systems;
  • Split-phase power conversion capability efficiently converts DC power to AC power;
  • Included Q-DCC-2 adapter cable with MC4 connectors supports quick PV module connections;
  • Warranty of up to 25 years;
  • UL Listed as PV Rapid Shut Down Equipment.

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What’s new? Northern Electric Power is introducing new product portfolio to U.S. market. These are two microinverters that are designed for high power panels, which are gaining more and more attraction worldwide: The BDM 1000 Dual, 2-1 micro for two panels and the BDM 2000 Quadruple, 4-1 micro for four panels.

NEP

The BDM series involves nimble engineering, better service execution and easier positioning. Fill voids and gaps of content incumbents to generate customer focused value. A key attribute is its metal exterior, which avoids the more common failures associated with plastic module-level power electronics on hot roofs.

NEP microinverter PVG-2-RSD

NEP’s unique, two-way data communication Rapid Shutdown solution enables installer confidence that rapid shutdown is functioning correctly. This is valuable for safety assurance, code compliance, AHJ approval and characterization of the array performance upon commissioning. Further, NEP includes IV Curve trace ‘service mode’ to enable easier measurements at time of commissioning and through the life of the project. NEP’s optional data gateway is available for remote PV panel diagnostics and data performance.

  • PVG-1 and PVG-2 for single and dual PV panels
  • Mounting for racking rail and optional clip available for PV module frame mount
  • Two way data flow for safety and performance with optional NEP gateway
  • Transmitters available in stand-along enclosure and integrated with leading C&I inverters providers

Off-grid


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What’s new? With the new SureSines there’s now a “Morningstar of Inverters.” Their foundation is a premium toroidal low-frequency transformer for improved sinewave stability and superior power quality. True to Morningstar’s engineering principles, SureSine’s advanced thermal design eliminates cooling fans, increasing reliability and efficiency. SureSines offer full communications capabilities including USB, Ethernet, EIA-485, CANBUS, and Bluetooth for wireless communications and wireless Android and iOS utility apps for set-up and monitoring using remote devices. Read more below.


String and hybrids


Fronius

What’s new? Fronius is energized and excited for 2023 as its Symo Advanced inverter received UL 3741 certification with multiple industry leaders in racking systems.  This broadens the installation possibilities for its commercial string inverter where rapid shutdown is required.  One focus this year is on the updated online PV system design, monitoring and troubleshooting tools at Fronius Solar.web, Solar.creator and Solar.SOS. There are multiple exciting developments on the horizon for Fronius. The company expanded and increased its manufacturing and is looking forward to the launch of future inverter lines.

Fronius Primo

With power categories ranging from 3.8 kW to 15.0 kW, the Fronius Primo is the ideal compact single-phase inverter for residential applications. This sleek inverter is equipped with the SnapINverter hinge mounting system, which allows for lightweight, secure, and convenient installation. The Primo inverters provide maximum safety, reliability, and highest energy yield even on complex roofs of shaded systems – giving customers the best return on their solar investment.

  • Two size ranges: Fronius Primo 3.8 – 8.2 & Fronius Primo 10.0 – 15.0
  • Smart shade mitigation with Dynamic Peak Manager
  • SuperFlex Design for complex roofs and maximum design flexibility
  • Wide voltage windows from 80V to 1,000V
  • Integrated energy management feature
  • Truly field-serviceable

Fronisu Symo

The Fronius Symo Advanced inverter line features six models ranging from 10 kW to 24 kW, ideal for commercial and industrial applications. The Symo Advanced is lightweight and combines high-power density with flexibility to ensure the fastest possible installation for your PV project. The small number of total power conversion electronics adds to the high serviceability from any mounting spot. You get total system granularity with only a low number of system components.  Developed with 2 Multiple Power Point Trackers and Dynamic Peak Manager, the shade mitigation solution, the Fronius Symo Advanced ensures your PV system operates at maximum performance and efficiency.

Yes:  It is listed for both UL 1741 and UL 3741 (with use of PanelClaw and IronRidge racking systems)

  • 208 Vac and 480 Vac versions available
  • Smart shade mitigation with Dynamic Peak Manager
  • SuperFlex Design for complex roofs and maximum design flexibility
  • SunSpec transmitter for Module Level Rapid Shutdown integrated
  • Truly field-serviceable

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What’s new? Generac is committed to ensuring that its PWRcell solution meets the needs of installers and homeowners with superior performance, reliability, and flexibility. The PWRcell Inverter works seamlessly with the full PWRcell product ecosystem, which features a NEMA 3R Battery Cabinet, and whole-home backup capabilities with the Automatic Transfer Switch and PWRmanager advanced load management device. Generac is also introducing its first electric vehicle charging system. The 48 A, 11.5 kW Generac EV charger is a Level 2 home charger capable of charging a car’s battery in as little as four to six hours.

Generac PWRmicro

The microinverter technology you’re familiar with, coming soon from the leader in home energy technology. Generac Dual-module PWRmicros will offer up to 720W continuous power for maximum performance and faster installation at an unbeatable value. Market-leading power throughput taps the potential of larger solar modules and maximizes lifetime system value. Install single-module PWRmicros in combination with dual-module units for unmatched design flexibility. Simplify installation, maximize production, and navigate difficult shade scenarios and complex rooflines with Generac’s line of microinverters.

Five key specs:
1. Two models available: 720W Dual-module PM2-720-01, and 290W Single-module PM1-290-01
2. Minimizes losses due to shading and debris
3. Eliminates single points of failure
4. Integrated grounding and modular bus cabling
5. NEC rapid shutdown compliant


Renogy X

What’s new? Off-grid solar supplier Renogy is entering into the residential solar market with the launch of Renogy X, which provides comprehensive rooftop systems — solar modules, inverters, and battery storage solutions. To make project planning even more accessible, Renogy X has created system kits and also offers individual components for purchase. Renogy X even streamlines project management, order placement, and more. Starting April 1, 2023, California installers can place orders with Renogy X. 

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The compact design allows for easy solar integration and energy storage. The web portal and mobile app provides end users and installers with access to monitoring energy cost control and fleet management. Multiple modes are available to manage operation of the complete system solution. The LCD Touchscreen provides a great on-product mode selection and data display. EPS (Emergency Power Supply) will power essential circuits during an outage when paired with a Renogy X ESS. RGM (Revenue Grade Meter) is included that complies with ANSI C12 standards. It is UL 1741 listed.

  • Dimensions W x D x H (in/mm): 17.72 x 8.66 x 27.95 (450 x 220 x 710); Weight (lbs./kg): 90.39 (41)
  • Compact and compatible design for easy solar integration, energy storage and AC generator
  • LCD screen for easy selection management
  • Automatic or manual mode selection for Emergency Power Supply
  • 8,000 watts rated output
  • Intuitive app for on-the-go control and cost management

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SMA America

What’s new? SMA America recently re-aligned its focus and is delivering a few completely new products in 2023. The Sunny Tripower X offers a new commercial inverter solution for small-to-medium sized projects and the Sunny Boy Smart Energy is a hybrid inverter giving homeowners flexibility in design, backup and capability. Looking beyond the products themselves, emphasis in 2023 is placed on building partnerships through robust training platforms and delivering an unsurpassed customer experience backed by a growing service team.

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The Sunny Tripower CORE1 is the only inverter that offers an intelligent IV curve diagnostic, advanced string monitoring, and SMA Smart Connected. The world’s first free-standing PV inverter for commercial rooftops, carports, ground mount and repowering legacy solar projects, the Sunny Tripower CORE1 enables logistical, material, labor, and service cost reductions, and is the most versatile, cost-effective commercial solution available.

  • First commercial system listed to standard UL 3741 PV Hazard Control for NEC 690.12 compliance
  • System visibility with intelligent IV curve diagnostic and advanced string monitoring
  • Integrated SunSpec PLC signal for module-level rapid shutdown compliance to 2017 NEC
  • ShadeFix optimization generates more power
  • SMA Smart Connected, Sunny Portal, and SMA’s Online Service Center provide automatic, proactive, and unmatched service support

Coming to market in mid-2023, the new, ground-breaking Sunny Boy Smart Energy hybrid inverter system will enable both immediate energy use and storage in one single device, with three modular backup options that deliver greater electricity reliability. With its high-speed battery charging capabilities to its easy installation and handling, this newest offering will provide a capable, flexible solution that empowers homeowners to take control of their energy.

  • 2-in-1 solution with a range in powerclass options from 3.8 to 11.4
  • Modern, modular design that is also more functional because it is smaller and lighter
  • Integrated System Manager allows management of up to 3 inverters and batteries
  • 3 modular back-up options offer homeowners energy security choices, with or without a battery
  • Save installation time and money with intuitive, quick commissioning from the SMA 360° app

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schneider

What’s new? In January 2023, Schneider Electric announced Schneider Home, a home energy solution that includes solar and storage, smart electrical panel, EV charger, and connected electrical outlets and light switches – all controlled by the easy-to-use Schneider Home app. Schneider Home includes a high-power hybrid inverter that can be used for both solar-only installations and solar with storage.

Schneider Inverter

Get more power out of your solar panels with Schneider Inverter’s integrated optimizers. With 4 independent channels, systems are efficient, easier to install, and support complex PV arrays with multiple orientations. For home battery systems, the Inverter pairs with the Boost battery. The compatible Pulse electrical panel can be used to intelligently control what appliances use the battery power during a grid outage. This can extend the battery runtime up to 80% while maintaining flexibility for the homeowner to choose what to power on the fly. The inverter’s 200% surge capability means higher reliability backup power by better handling the initial surge of electricity that many appliances require when starting. The solar and battery systems can operate with dc or ac-coupled solar, and are compatible with generators for extended backup. Schneider’s 200 Amp rated Backup Controller is available in multiple configurations for easier installations and fewer boxes on the wall. Schneider Inverter will be available in H2 2023.

  • 7 kW continuous backup power, 15.4 kW peak output power (10 sec)
  • Easy installation and commissioning experience
  • Easy integration with load control and management
  • Flexible battery capacity with 10 to 30 kWh per inverter, or install as a battery-ready solar power system
  • Rated for Indoor or Outdoor installations

 

Schneider-XW-Pro

The XW Pro leads Schneider Electric Solar’s hybrid inverter range, as it provides installers with the flexibility to design and install a complete solar and storage system. The XW Pro offers a high overload power rating of 1.75x with the ability to stack up to 4 inverter units to increase overall power output. Because of its scalable and adaptable infrastructure, the XW Pro can also be integrated with lithium-ion batteries for solar and storage, or backup power systems without solar. Schneider Electric’s solar hybrid inverters come with a complete ecosystem of accessories to enable efficient installation. This includes integration with MPPT charge controllers and Insight Energy Management, Schneider Electric’s energy management software that allows solar professionals to remotely manage multiple installation sites with ease.

  • Reliable performance with a 6.8 kW output with up to 12 kW peak overload
  • Flexibility in installations and operations with Stacking capability of up to 4 units in single-phase or 6 units in 3-phase
  • Compatibility with a wide range of battery technologies, including Lithium-ion battery integration
  • Optional integration with generator
  • Compatible for use across a wide range of applications such as grid-tied, off-grid, self-consumption, backup power

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What’s new? Sol-Ark introduced a line of three-phase hybrid inverters in light commercial 30K-3P-120/208V and industrial 60K-3P-277/480V. Both support 4 MPPTs for dc coupling, ac coupling, generators, UPS grade 200A 5ms auto transfer switch between grid/off-grid/generator, 12 parallel stacking, two independent high voltage batteries, and U.S.-based remote monitoring/control.

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Sol-Ark’s 15K-2P (UL# Limitless 15K-LV) is so powerful that it eliminates standby generators, a 200A whole home transfer switch (built in), UPS’s for electronics due to 5ms switching, Neutral Forming Transformer due to split phase output, and parallel stacking because only one is needed. Sol-Ark also sells smaller units (12K-2P, 8K-2P, 5K-1P) for critical loads, off grid, and mobile applications. Features and benefits include parallel stacking, grid sell, meter zero, time of use, smart load, generators, simultaneous AC & DC Coupling, & peak shaving. The company has partnered with many battery companies like HomeGrid, Endure, SimpliPhi, Fortress, Blue Ion, Storz Power, PowerSync, and Discover to advance inverter and battery control through extensive communications.

  • 20 kW pk power
  • 4ms UPS Transfer times,
  • Generator support,
  • 93% Round Trip Efficiency

sol ark 30-60K

Sol-Ark introduced a line of three-phase hybrid inverters in light commercial 30K-3P-120/208V and industrial 60K-3P-277/480V. Both support 4 MPPTs for dc coupling, ac coupling, generators, UPS grade 200A 5ms auto transfer switch between grid/off-grid/generator, 12 parallel stacking, two independent high voltage batteries, and U.S.-based remote monitoring/control. Previously, 208V ESS applications had to use 480V inverters and massive transformers, wasting power and install time. Most previous C&I hybrids were for on-grid peak shaving or meter zeroing and lacked built-in transfer switches for grid forming. Sol-Ark 30K & 60K is an all-in-one, easy-to-install hybrid inverter for the C&I market.

  • Native 3Phase 120/208V or 277/480V without a transformer
  • Built in 200A 5ms Grid/Off-Grid/Generator transfer switch
  • Built in 4 MPPT’s for DC Coupling & Simultaneous AC coupling
  • Parallel stacking to 12 units
  • US based remote monitoring/control
  • Distributors: CED Greentech, Soligent, City Electric Supply, AEE, Krannich, Beacon, The PowerStore, GenPro energy solutions, Zonna Energy, Inter-Island, R&R, BayWa, AltE store, Northern Arizona Wind & Sun, Renvu, Multi Batteries, Warren, HES, Sentinel, Solar Solutions, & more
  • sales@sol-ark.com
  • www.sol-ark.com

SolarEdge

What’s new? SolarEdge continues to focus on the Residential HomeHub and the Synergy Inverter (capable of reaching up to 120 kW). This year SolarEdge added the S-Series optimizer to highlight advanced safety features.

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The SolarEdge Home Hub inverter’s industry leading 99% weighted efficiency paired with its ability to DC oversize up to 200% allows installers to install more power, increase system ROI, and better meet the increasing energy needs of their customers. Additionally, the DC-coupled Home battery offers installers the ability to install the inverter, battery, and EV charger on a single breaker which enables faster installation both at the time of install, as well as with future additions, with fewer main panel upgrades. All of this paired with a standard warranty of 12 years extendable to 25 years, integrated arc fault protection, and in app features such as Weather Guard, enables installers to offer their customers increased peace of mind and reliability.

  • 99% weighted efficiency, 94.5% round trip efficiency with SolarEdge Home Battery
  • Pairs quickly with up to 3 SolarEdge Home batteries per inverter, Smart EV Charger, and SolarEdge Smart Energy Devices, with up to 3 inverters per system.
  • DC coupling allows for inverter, battery, and EV charger to be installed on one breaker, resulting in fewer main panel upgrades, and lower installation costs
  • 3.8 kW to 11.4 kW range with up to 200% DC oversizing allowed
  • NEMA 4X and UL1741SA certified

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Reaching up to 120kW, SolarEdge’s Three-Phase Inverters with Synergy Technology are designed to provide more power and higher profitability in large-scale PV installations. Maximizing energy production with up to 175% DC oversizing, it offers improved uptime through modularity and independently working units.

A pre-commissioning feature allows installers to validate system components before connecting to the grid and the built-in night-time PID rectifier helps to avoid module performance degradation.

Advanced safety is offered through SolarEdge’s arc fault protection and rapid shutdown, built-in thermal sensors on the DC and AC terminal blocks, and field-replaceable surge protection devices

Three Phase Inverter with Synergy Technology Power Ratings:

  • 50kW @208V grid,
  • 80kW, 100kW, 110kW, 120kW @480V grid
  • 2-person installation (each inverter consists of 2 or 3 Synergy units and one Synergy Manager)
  • Pre-commissioning designed to resolve system issues before grid connection via SetApp and a USB power bank.
  • Monitored and field-replaceable type 2 surge protection devices (SPDs)
  • Solution includes solar module level optimizer yielding savings on eBOS and allowing for greater energy production over plant life

Three Phase Inverter Power Ratings:

  • 10kW (available in Q3 2022), 17.3kW @208V grid;
  • 30kW, 40kW @480V grid

Commercial S-Series NAM_safety

The S-Series features advanced safety features such as SolarEdge Sense Connect, an industry-first technology that detects temperature increase at the connector level, stopping power flow before an arc can occur. The SolarEdge Sense Connect technology joins an expanded range of safety features, such as SafeDC, and rapid shutdown. Providing 99.5% efficiency and supporting two high power, high input current PV modules, the S-Series lowers Levelized Cost of Energy thanks to higher yield and enables longer and more powerful strings.


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What’s new? The entire Solis US product line was updated to the new IEEE 1547-2018 standard and tested to UL 1741 SB to ensure excellent grid interoperability. The current ratings were increased on its dc inputs in recognition of new larger PV modules on the market. More energy storage options have been added across the entire product line, from residential to utility-scale. The Solis plug-and-play communication tools have been upgraded as well. There’s a new “combination” Wi-Fi / Cellular data logging device for customers who need continuous data, and any of the new devices can now handle up to 10 inverters in a daisy-chain. Down the road, Solis will be expanding its utility-scale solutions, with multiple PV string inverters grouped and delivered as a package.

Residential Inverter

Size / category: 3.8K to 11.4K / Grid Support Utility Interactive PV + Storage Inverter

Ease of installation, flexible design for a variety of customer use cases.  The Solis S6 (Series 6) hybrid inverter can be installed as a simple grid tie inverter that’s “battery-ready”.  The inverter can be set up as a battery backup solution.  The S6 can be set up with PV and battery, connected to the grid, or off grid.  The Solis S6 Hybrid utilizes high voltage batteries, 120-550Vdc and Solis US has UL 9549 certification with many recognized and new battery brands in the growing US storage market. The Solis S6 Hybrid is UL 1741 SA & SB certified.  It is a grid support utility interactive inverter.  The S6 hybrid is UL 3741 certified with Esdec Solar rooftop solar racking systems (Ecofasten, PanelClaw, Ironridge). 

  • Four (4) independent MPPTs rated for new high-power, high current PV modules
  • 120/240 split phase Grid and Backup power. 50 amps continuous Backup
  • Inverters can be paralleled using RS485
  • New Bluetooth connectivity, plug-and-play antenna extends range
  • Factory integrated PVRSS

WIFICellular Stick

Size / category: Residential and Commercial Inverter Wi-Fi / Cellular Data Logging Device

The best “combination” Wi-Fi / Cellular data logging communication device on the market.  NEMA 3R, plug-and-play connection to the Solis inverter external comm port.  Powers up and begins broadcasting with 2 minutes.  Default Wi-Fi to the local router.  However, if the router fails, within 2 minutes, the W4G “stick” finds the nearest GSM or LTE cellular tower.  No breaks in data, ever.  Physical reset button and three (3) LEDs on the front tell the installer what the device is doing.  The Solis Wi-Fi / Cellular “stick” is a data logging communication tool that can broadcast data from as many as ten (10) Solis residential or commercial PV string inverters daisy-chained with Solis cords or CAT5e cable.  The S1-W4G-ST is also a great troubleshooting tool.  Using the S1-W4G-ST, an installer can connect any Solis inverter to the nearest cell phone tower and see if the inverter is broadcasting data to the Cloud.

  • Touch-safe, plug-and-play installation with no configuration of the device
  • Easy Wi-Fi connection to the local router using the installer’s own cell phone
  • NEMA 4X, installed under the inverter for all-weather performance
  • Each Solis data logging device can broadcast data from as many as 10 inverters
  • Small, rugged and easy to carry, the Solis Wi-Fi / Cellular data logging device can be a handy trouble-shooting tool

S5-GC(75-100)K-US

Size / category: 75K, 80K, 90K and 100K family of 1000 Vdc / 480 Vdc grid-support utility interactive PV string inverters

The Solis S5-GC family of PV Filling a neglected power size niche in the US solar market, Solis 75K - 100K inverters are also unique with the industry’s widest full power MPPT operating range.  With adjustable ac voltage connections from 310 V to 480 Vac, the Solis S5-GC(75-100)K-US family of inverters are the best repowering PV string inverters on the market today.  Used as replacement for older central or PV string inverters, the modern Solis 1000 Vdc inverters deliver safety upgrades and better communication capabilities to “legacy” 600 Vdc PV arrays that may be sitting on valuable land, or may have favorable off-taking contacts or interconnection agreements.  Solis S5-GC(75-100)K-US inverters can be located at the combiner box or at a central location.  In either case, very wide full-power MPPT operating ranges (e.g., 90K, 309-850 Vdc) on as many as 10 independent MPPTs will extract maximum value from aging PV arrays.

The S5-GC(75-100K)-US family of inverters are UL 1741 SA & SB certified and comply with IEEE 1547-2018 and 2030.5.
The S5-GC(75-100K)-US inverters are UL 3741 certified with Sollega and with Esdec Solar rooftop racking systems (Ecofasten, PanelClaw, Ironridge). 

  • 8 to 10 independent MPPTs with wide full power dc operating ranges
  • Segmented dc switches for arc fault and troubleshooting isolation
  • Wide ac voltage connection capability
  • High amp MC4-type dc inputs allow for PV string Y-connect in the array field
  • Integrated AC switch and UL 3741 PV Fire Hazard listed with popular PV racking systems

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What’s new? Tigo Energy enhanced its module-level power electronics with Pure Signal technology, which they say affords solar installers more margin for error when designing large, complex systems for commercial and industrial applications. In late 2022, Tigo Energy also acquired FSIGHT, an energy data analytics software company based in Hod HaSharon, Israel. With FSIGHT, Tigo expands its ability to use energy consumption and production data for solar energy producers.

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Our Tigo EI Residential Hybrid Inverter can work as a standalone photovoltaic inverter today and when you’re ready for storage, easily add our EI Battery. When paired with Tigo’s Optimizers, our patented PIV enables more output per given area and modules to be placed in areas with shade. PVRSS certified for Rapid shutdown with Tigo’s TS4-A-O and TS4-A-F/-2F MLPE, right out of the box. With 50V startup, the inverter can wake up early and shutdown later. This means our system is able to maximize more energy production through the day. It is UL 1741 listed.

  • Available in 3.8 kW, 7.6 kW and 11.4kW models
  • Storage-ready ‘hybrid’ inverter
  • 50V starting voltage, wide operating range
  • Up to 200% DC oversizing (2:1 DC/AC ratio)
  • Warranty = 152 months

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