Intersolar North America Showcase: Here’s what to see at this year’s trade show

APsystems: True three-phrase microinverters

APsystems YC1000

APsystems boasts an industry best-selling 3-phase solar microinverter and the industry’s first true 3-phase (phase-balanced & phase-monitored) unit, the YC1000-3. This model handles 208V or 277Y/480V grid voltages with 900 watts maximum output, 95 percent peak efficiency and comes with ZigBee communication and integrated ground. At 480V up to 11 units (44 modules total, 60- or 72-cell) can be linked in a single 15A circuit, and up to 14 solar modules (7x YC500s) in a string with a 20A breaker. Designed to operate from -40 F to 149 F degrees. Ten and 25-year warranties are available. Booth 9245.

Boviet Solar: Debuting two new solar modules

Boviet Solar

A new 290-W, 60-cell polycrystalline diamond-cut PERC solar module is one of the newest products from Boviet Solar’s full PERC production line completed in 2016. Also on display will be the new 300-W monocrystalline PERC Smart Module designed to harvest 25 percent more energy. In addition to free, 24-hour monitoring per module, the Smart Module also has module-level voltage shutdown to offer greater installer and firefighter safety. Booth 8317.

Ciel et Terre: Making floating PV happen in the U.S.

hydrelio floating solar

Ciel et Terre has completed large-scale floating PV systems in various market applications and countries, showcasing FPV as a real alternative to traditional PV in roof-top and ground-mounted systems. In the past year, the organization increased its U.S. reach with its first public utility project in Orlando, alongside its local Florida representative D3 Energy and in partnership with the Orlando Utilities Commission. Ciel et Terre installed a 31.5-kWp floating solar system on the OUC’s storm water storage reservoir, a dead water space at the facility, and is expected to generate up to 51,000 kWh per year. Booths 9744 and 9745.

Eaton: Control system to simplify microgrid deployment

Eaton microgrid system

Designed for critical applications requiring secure, efficient and reliable power, Eaton’s newest solution is engineered to deploy stand-alone power systems using existing and new assets with the adaptability to easily meet future needs. The system incorporates Eaton’s new Power Xpert energy optimizer controller and provides a modular, scalable approach to microgrid control, as well as accompanying services, such as microgrid feasibility studies, total system design, control system deployment, integration with existing third-party generation assets and critical loads, project implementation, commissioning and system start-up, and ongoing maintenance. Booth 8310.

EcoFasten Solar: New standing seam metal roofing application

EcoFasten

EcoFasten Solar has launched its newest product, SimpleBlock, a solution designed specifically for standing seam metal roofing applications. The versatile SimpleBlock provides a variety of options through compatibility with any rack manufacturer’s connection points (L-feet, posts), and will fit any double-lock standing seam. When used in conjunction with EcoFasten’s Mid-Clamp, SimpleBlock becomes a rail-free racking system featuring integrated bonding. The system meets and exceeds all known building codes and is UL 2703 listed, with product compliance determined through rigorous, uncompromised testing per UL 2703: First Edition. Due to such an overwhelming response to this innovative system, EcoFasten Solar is gearing up for high volume manufacturing to meet industry demand and will also be unveiling additional configurations for more seam options soon. Booth 9433.

Fronius: Offering its next generation solar solution

Fronius

Fronius introduces its next generation of solar systems to the industry, the Fronius Smart Solution. This satisfies all needs for residential and commercial systems: flexible system design, shade mitigation, NEC compliance, high performance and state-of-the art monitoring while keeping the number of components low and installation easy. The Fronius Smart Solution combines the benefits of traditional MLPE such as microinverters or DC optimizers with the ease of installation and cost-effectiveness of string inverters. The Fronius Smart Solution is the combination of cell-string optimized modules, the Fronius Rapid Shutdown Box, a Fronius SnapINverter, the optional Fronius Smart Meter and the Fronius Solar.web online monitoring portal. Check it out for yourself at the Fortune Energy booth. Booth 8519.

Heyco: A solution for every cable need

Heyco solar clips

Heyco’s new Edge Clips are ideal for use where holes cannot be used and adhesives are not acceptable due to temperature issues. If these won’t work, check out Heyco’s new SunRunner Vidrios, which are designed to mount directly onto the glass panel with compression force only — perfect for frameless PV modules. If neither of those pique your interest, check out Heyco’s SunBundler. Though not new to Heyco’s offering, the Heyco SunBundler has been receiving a lot of attention due to its 20 year warranty and unique design. Check them out at the CED Greentech booth. Booth 8311.

Ideal Power: The latest in power conversion innovation

Ideal Power

Ideal Power’s newest Stabiliti Series power conversion system is a grid-resilient 30-kW advanced power conversion system for system integrators and project developers who need to efficiently connect distributed energy resources to the grid. Stabiliti is the next generation of Ideal Power’s patented Power Packet Switching Architecture (PPSA) technology and incorporates numerous new features and benefits for commercial and industrial customers. The Stabiliti Series is available in two versions: dual port AC-DC bi-directional and multi-port AC-DC-DC bi-directional. Ideal Power’s John Merritt will be speaking on July 10 from 12-12.30 p.m. at the ‘‘Islands, Mini-Grids, Microgrids & Energy Storage’’ session. His talk will explain how solar-plus-storage systems can become microgrid-enabled with multi-port conversion technologies, creating energy resilience and reducing reliance on backup generators. Booth 8110.

JLM Energy: Patent-pending ‘microstorage’ technology

JLM Energy Phazr

Phazr, the first in JLM’s MicroStorage family of products, is mounted seamlessly behind the solar panel. Phazr is designed for large-scale, solar-plus-storage applications and is also perfectly suited for smaller residential and commercial installs. The simultaneous nature of electron flow is unique to JLM’s patent-pending technology. This is included in JLM’s energy technology bundle and is operated by Measurz software, which continually observes energy usage patterns and utilizes a variety of strategies to maintain a pre-set budget determined by the customer. Booth 8134.

Pika Energy: Partnership with Panasonic on solar smart battery

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Panasonic Eco Solutions North America and U.S.-based inverter manufacturer Pika Energy Inc. are partnering to offer a DC-coupled solar smart battery — Harbor 10P/15P — that will begin shipping in late 2017 and is available for pre-order today. The solar-ready Harbor Smart Battery combines Panasonic’s Lithium-Ion battery modules and Pika Energy’s power electronics in a slim, floor-standing, wall-mounted enclosure to provides 10 kWh or 15 kWh of usable energy and up to 6.7 kW of continuous power. Booth 8318.

Preformed Line Products: Speeding up rail-less mounting

Preformed Line Products

Maneuvering mounting rails can be the most demanding part of installing rooftop solar modules. But now installers can avoid that — and mount modules faster and easier — with the POWER DISK rail-less mounting system from Preformed Line Products. POWER DISK is a unique roof attachment that can go anywhere on residential rooftops. It does not need to be secured to rafters. Install solar modules in four simple steps: 1. Snap chalk lines. 2. Mount POWER DISK bases anywhere on the roof deck. 3. Set solar modules in place. 4. Spin the disks to vertically adjust height to roof undulations. Booth 9449.

Quick Mount: New series for comp/asphalt shingle roofs

Quick Mount

Quick Mount PV engineered its patented Elevated Water Seal Technology into an integrated L-foot and flashing for cost-effective, super-fast, single-bolt installation with unparalleled waterproofing. The L-Mount Series comes in single- and double-slot options for maximum versatility and works with all leading racks. L-Mounts are designed for simple lag-bolt installation onto existing composition/asphalt shingle roofs. The L-Mount features a 9-in. by 12-in. aluminum flashing with alignment notches and rounded corners to easily slide under shingles and speed installation. No shingle cutting required. Like all Quick Mount PV products, the L-Mount meets or exceeds roofing industry best practices and comes with a 25-year warranty. Available in mill or black finish. Booth 9411.

RBI Solar: Ground mount, ballasted, roof mount and canopy solutions

RBI solar Logo

RBI Solar is one of the top turn-key solar mounting solutions suppliers in the United States for ground mount, ballasted landfills, roof mounts and canopy/carport structures. As a single-source provider for commercial and utility-scale PV projects, all responsibility for the design, engineering, manufacturing and installation of the most efficient PV Racking systems in the marketplace is completed in-house by the RBI Solar Team. Committed to providing value from conception to completion, RBI Solar’s customers receive cost-effective and durable racking solutions for each project site to aide in reducing the overall project costs. Booth L9008.

SimpliPhi: Plug-and-play storage

SimpliPhi - AccESS - 300 DPI

Developed in partnership with installers, SimpliPhi Power’s AccESS has been installed in a variety of locations, including a commercial “glamping” resort, Flying Flags, and is positioned for hundreds of residential installations in partnership with Civic Solar’s SGIP projects. The AccESS provides power security that is safe, reliable, non-hazardous and efficient. The fully integrated solution includes the SimpliPhi award-winning battery technology, Schneider Electric inverter charge controller, associated power electronics and overall system management. Pre-programmed software settings and performance monitoring complete the solution. Booth 8124.

Smappee Plus: New advanced energy monitoring

Smappee Plus

Now entering the U.S. solar market, Smappee Plus is the latest innovation from Smappee’s burgeoning energy monitoring solutions which have seen widespread adoption across Europe since 2012. The product combines Smappee’s patented NILM (Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring) technology with submetering clamps to measure real-time energy use from appliances throughout a user’s home including those with variable output or similar energy consumption patterns, giving previously undetectable transparency to energy use. Head to the Impress Lounge across the street from the Moscone Center for more info.

Solar-Log: Enhanced PV monitoring portal allows for more installer services

solar log pv monitoring

Solar-Log’s new WEB Enerest is an enhanced PV monitoring portal that works in combination with Solar-Log’s data loggers to offer better monitoring and more efficient optimization of solar power usage. The new Solar-Log WEB Enerest portal is available in three different service levels and price classes to respond even more precisely to the differing needs of individual customer groups. The most advanced XL package allows installers and service providers to centrally monitor their entire fleet from one portal. This premium version provides near real-time visualization of plant error messages which can be quickly evaluated and managed. The portal allows the operator to remotely configure the Solar-Log®device, customize the portal design, and define plant owners’ access to the yield and plant information. Automated reports, integrated weather data comparison and the option to combine several plants with one account are just some of the comprehensive functions. Booth 9121.

SunModo: Debuting new solar awnings to shield windows, generate energy

sunmodo awning

The concept is simple: Replace traditional metal and fabric awnings with solar-power-generating panels that provide necessary protection from the elements while also replacing traditional electricity usage. That concept is coming to the marketplace as the SunShield awning system. It is being introduced by SunModo, a company that makes durable, easy-to-install professional racking systems. The SunShield awning system features a durable triangular aluminum frame as structural truss; and expands to a 35-degree tilt angle once installed. This compact triangle frame design easily accommodates both 60 and 72 cell solar panels. What’s more, SunShield opens the awning industry to 30 percent tax credits and provides a substantial new canvas for solar power generation. Booth 9539.

Tabuchi America: Expanded storage capacity

Tabuchi

Originally launched in the United States at Intersolar 2015, Tabuchi America is debuting the 2nd generation model of its Eco Intelligent Battery System (EIBS). Tabuchi’s all-in-one, easy-to-install system includes a 5.5-kW solar inverter and stackable 6-kWh lithium-ion batteries. The Tabuchi EIBS has the intelligence to maximize a homeowner’s savings in real time across different electricity tariffs. This DC-coupled system will meet advanced inverter requirements and will be 9540 compliant. Booth 8121.

Trojan Battery: AGM battery designed for solar installs

Trojan Battery

Trojan Battery Co. is launching a new line of maintenance-free, true deep-cycle absorbent glass mat (AGM) batteries specifically designed for solar and other renewable energy applications. The new Trojan Solar AGM line is manufactured in the U.S. Offering a three-year warranty for stationary applications, and tested to an eight-year design life under IEC 61427 standard for solar batteries, this initial release includes a wide range of Trojan Solar AGM models. With its non-spillable design, the new Trojan Solar AGM batteries enable installers to customize the use and position of the batteries in customer applications. Booth 8128.

— Solar Builder magazine

Oaktree Capital Management invests in solar bos company Shoals

shoals bos

Shoals Technologies Group, a leader in solar electrical balance of systems, received an investment by from the Power Opportunities group of Oaktree Capital Management L.P. Terms of the investment were not disclosed.

Founded in 1996, Shoals designs and manufactures a diverse range of products for solar and energy storage projects, including combiner boxes, junction boxes, wiring and monitoring solutions, among others. Its BLA solution, an integrated wire harness that eliminates combiner boxes and significantly reduces installation cost, is in high demand. The company has deployed its products on more than 25 GW of solar projects in markets across North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Oaktree’s Power Opportunities group has a strong track record of investing in successful companies in the energy industry. The team seeks investments in leading companies that provide equipment, services and software used in the generation, transmission, distribution, and consumption of electricity and other energy and utility resources. Targeting growing, successful businesses, Oaktree partners with company management to drive growth and value creation.

“We are very proud of the innovation, performance and reliability we have brought to the solar industry over the past two decades,” said Dean Solon, Founder and CEO of Shoals Technologies Group. “Partnering with Oaktree provides Shoals with the resources, expertise, and support to help drive further growth and success in the rapidly expanding international solar and energy storage markets.”
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— Solar Builder magazine

Rundown of Wiley’s PV wire management clips, ties

Insulated P-Clips & Straps

wiley insulated clips

WILEY insulated p-clips easily install into a mounting hole with 1/4″ hardware. WILEY insulated straps are the perfect reusable, long lasting alternative to a cable tie solution. The vinyl coating acts as a shield against vibration and cable insulation damage. These products are great for general wire fastening applications, such as holding hydraulic hoses, wire harnesses, cables and everyday solar wire management.

ACC-FPV Module Clip Cable

Wiley ACC FPV cable clip

The ACC-FPV wire management clips are made of corrosion resistant 304 stainless steel. The ACC-FPV is easy to install and slides straight on to module frames of various thicknesses. The ACC-FPV accommodates 1 to 2 PV cables up to 8.5 mm in diameter. The rolled edges are designed to help protect cable insulation from damage.

Wire management: What to look for when planning, purchasing your next solar system

Unirap Nylon 12 Cable Ties

bundy nylon cable tie

Nylon 12 cable ties are hygroscopic and suited for use in high moisture, corrosive, and low temperature environments. Applicable for both indoor and outdoor applications, the life span of Nylon 12 is 12-15 years depending on the environment.

Wiley Bundle Straps

wiley bundle strap

UV protected vinyl jacketed 304 stainless steel wire with a 304 stainless steel crimp. Unique retention feature allows for a quick, effortless, & secure installation of PV bundles.
UL 62275 Listed.

90 Degree Module Clips

wiley 90 degree module clip

304 stainless steel cable clips that install parallel or perpendicular on a module frame or purlin. Compatible with USE-2, PV cable, and Enphase/Micro Invertor Trunk Cables. UL1565 Listed.

Module Clips

wiley module clip

304 stainless steel cable clips that install on a module frame or purlin. Compatible with USE-2 and PV cables. UL1565 Listed.

Rail Clips

wiley PV rail clip

304 stainless steel cable clips that install in the rail channel. Compatible with USE-2, PV cable, and Enphase/Micro Invertor Trunk Cables.

Mounting Base & Bundle Clips

wiley mounting bundle clip

304 stainless steel bundle clips and mounting bases that install on a module frame, purlin, or in the rail channel. Utilizes the Wiley Bundle Strap and UNIRAP cable ties. Compatible with USE-2, PV cable, and Enphase/Micro Inverter trunk cable bundles.

— Solar Builder magazine

This new solar energy busbar bypass breaker could cut install costs

While interest in renewable energy solutions such as solar power in residential and commercial settings is on the rise, and more Americans convert to electric vehicles (EV’s), one of the biggest remaining impediments is the hidden cost of upgrading the electric panel, also known as the load center or panelboard. Upgrades could be required for at least half of American households and can add thousands of unanticipated dollars to the initial purchase and investment as well as countless hours of permitting and delays to installations.

Technology innovator Q Factory 33’s energy division, QFE002, after receiving its UL 67 & 489 certifications for its B3 Bypass, might have the answer.

The B3 Bypass, the first and only commercially available bus bar bypass breaker, delivers exponential gains in backfeeding of energy from solar panels and other green energy sources, eases connectivity to electric vehicle charging stations and battery backup systems, and substantially reduces the installation cost of solar and other clean tech for residential and small business applications.

busbar bypass

Experts who have seen the unit in testing consider the B3 Bypass a, “game changer,” and have been closely monitoring its progress toward achieving it’s UL certifications. The B3 Bypass has undergone extensive testing, and, with these certifications, is now positioned to help consumers and businesses more affordably install virtually any renewable energy source.

Such UL certifications mean the B3 Bypass has met UL’s stringent requirements for Standards and Safety, making the unit ready and approved for widespread commercial use. According to the Solar Energy Industry Association, the US solar market is expected to triple in the next 5 years, and a new solar project is being installed every 2 minutes.

The International Energy Agency wrote in a 2015 report that, “Renewable energy will represent the largest single source of electricity growth over the next five years.” There’s no underestimating the impact the B3 Bypass is likely to have on such an expanding market.

“What impresses me about this solution is the simplicity of the idea for the benefit it gives,” said Dr. Clark Guest, Professor Emeritus, Electrical and Computer engineering Department, University of California San Diego. “The B3 Bypass represents one of those ideas where everyone who encoun-ters it says, ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’ It’s a missing element solution that bypasses a great many of the soft and hard costs associated with scalable energy production while accelerating exponential gains in energy output,” Guest said. “The more widespread adoption of renewable energy created by such devices as the B3 will be a great benefit for individual homeowners and the planet.”

“The B3 Bypass is the solution the industry and anyone installing solar or renewable energy power sources have been looking for to continue to drive down costs and to take full advantage of their installation of such power sources,” said Q Factory 33 Chief Scientist Paul Cruz. “The ease of installation and immediate cost savings to those who deploy the B3 Bypass make it one of the most valuable cost saving weapons in the renewable tool box and produces a win for the installers, for the end users and for anyone involved in the renewable energy continuum.”

For example, if you’re one of the several hundred thousand Americans who have reserved a $35,000 Tesla for delivery, you may not be aware that the upgrade required to charge your new car at home could cost you an additional several thousand dollars, upwards of 10-20 percent of the cost of the car itself. In fact that applies to many EV’s. The B3 Bypass will cost a fraction of this for these Tesla owners and anyone purchasing an electric vehicle.

Without the expense of replacing the entire breaker panel, small businesses and homeowners can commission the installation of as many solar modules, wind turbines or renewable power sources as desired for a fraction of the cost. The B3 Bypass is estimated to cost $599.00, giving it the capacity to save residential solar installers between $2000 and $10,000 per installation.

— Solar Builder magazine

Tigo’s TS4 MLPE platform earns UL certification for meeting rapid shutdown regs

tigo ts4 mlpe rapid shutdown

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has certified Tigo‘s UHD-Core TS4-S for fully complying with National Electric Code (NEC) 690.12 Rapid Shutdown regulations. The TS4-S joins the UL Certified status of Tigo’s TS4-L (Long Strings) and TS4-O (Optimization) announced last February; all products are currently shipping.

The UL Certification now applies to 600V, 1000V, and 1500V PV system designs with Tigo’s TS4 MLPE modular platform using any type of module with a maximum output power of 475W. The built-in automatic over voltage and over temperature protections continue to reduce liability and improve the safety of installers, customers, and first responders in case of emergency.

“Tigo’s UL Certification enables our partners to meet NEC demands like module-level shutdown now, while also offering the most cost effective and flexibly designed systems on the market,” said Zvi Alon, CEO of Tigo. “

To see Tigo’s TS4 platform with a Sunpreme bifacial smart panel, visit Booth 8401 at Intersolar North America’s Exhibition in San Francisco on July 11-13, 2017.

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— Solar Builder magazine