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.

Get to know NEC 2017 revisions: Updated PV labels, rapid system shutdown

 

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SMA America hosting utility-scale solar, storage forum in July

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SMA America is hosting a special event for solar professionals, particularly those focused on utility-scale storage and solar, that will highlight cutting-edge solutions for utility-scale projects. The Utility-scale Storage & PV Forum will take place July 12, 2017, at the Hotel Zetta in San Francisco.

The forum will address challenges and solutions for high-penetration PV networks as well as the value and uses cases for storage, and will highlight SMA’s new large-scale storage solution, the Sunny Central Storage 2500-EV-US. The program will include a wide-range of expertise presented from SMA and Siemens Energy Management Solutions.

“There is a great need for utility-scale solutions with integrated storage in today’s evolving solar mar-ket,” said John Susa, executive vice president of sales for SMA America. “We value the opportunity to discuss these topics with our customers and stakeholders, and we hope they’ll attend this forum and come away with additional knowledge and a better understanding of opportunities in the current landscape.”

The Sunny Central Storage 2500-EV-US is SMA’s power conversion system for large-scale battery stor-age systems. These systems enable the integration of large amounts of intermittent renewable ener-gy into the utility grid while maintaining grid stability. Sunny Central Storage is compatible with differ-ent types of leading battery technologies.

The forum will begin at 8:30 a.m. and run until 1:30 p.m. In addition to educational sessions, the event will provide valuable industry networking. The event is so cool and exclusive that it’s already at capacity. Be on the lookout for the next SMA

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Dividend Solar adds APsystems to its approved vendor list

APsystems

APsystems joined the approved vendor list for Dividend Solar, a home-energy financing platform.
The agreement brings APsystems advanced microinverter technology to Dividend’s portfolio of top-tier, consumer-friendly solar products.

“Dividend Solar is a recognized leader in bringing affordable solar to homeowners nationwide,” said Jason Higginson, Senior Director of Marketing for APsystems USA. “Their fast-track financing is an excellent match for our own quick, easy-to-install microinverter systems. Consumers and installers alike will benefit from this pairing.”

Dividend Solar, a division of Dividend Finance, offers $0-down financing which enables homeowners to maximize the benefits of going solar while also enjoying hassle-free performance guarantees and warranty management.

Founded in 2013, Dividend has led the shift towards the direct ownership model in solar. In 2016 the company expanded into home energy financing options to include the next frontier of energy saving upgrades.

Dividend’s technology platform has streamlined the credit approval and installation process, thereby lowering the cost of installing solar panels and energy efficiency upgrades for its customers and partners.

IHS: Microinverter, PV optimizer market shifting more to AC, smart module integrations

 

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Tigo adds two more solar optimizers to UHD-Core lineup

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Tigo’s adding a few more options to its UHD-Core optimizers lineup announced last March. Joining the TS4-L (Long Strings) and TS4-O (Optimization) will be TS4-M (Monitoring) and TS4-S (Safety). The UHD-Core TS4-M is a cost-efficient MLPE monitoring device that produces a high sampling rate. The TS4-S adds to TS4-M’s functionality by providing module-level deactivation capabilities. The company says this release completes its TS4 platform featuring an enhanced design architecture and component rating.

TS4 optimizers explained

Tigo TS4 optimizers with UHD-Core technology support more module types than any other optimizer on the market for three reasons. First, the maximum input voltage at standard testing conditions has improved to 90V which allows for compatibility of modules with up to 96 cells. Second, the maximum input current has increased to 12A which enables the use of the highest efficiency and bifacial modules on the market. Third, the power capacity has upgraded to 475W to support the world’s most powerful modules. These enhanced electrical characteristics of the UHD-Core technology result in higher energy harvest for any module up to 475W.

“The demand for our innovative UHD-Core technology in the TS4-L and TS4-O optimizers was so impressive that we have expanded the offering to include TS4-M and TS4-S,” said Zvi Alon, CEO of Tigo. “Our commercial and utility customers will be pleased with lower O&M costs, safer solutions, and expanded inventory. Now that our TS4 platform has the highest accuracy in remote module-level monitoring, we plan to bring more superior communication solutions to the market in the near future.”

A New Connection: How the cell-optimizer, string inverter combo could change PV systems

This TS4 UHD-Core platform is fully monitored through Tigo’s Cloud Connect Advanced (CCA) data loggers with remotely upgradeable firmware. The high definition sampling rate technology also allows the highest accuracy remote monitoring of voltage and current available in the market – including remote access to individual module information (i.e. panel type, barcode, manufacturing origin, location, and production date). All Tigo TS4 platform products are autonomous and feature selective deployment. They can be fitted to new or existing installations on any string or sub-string size, driving the optimization cost as low as 2 cents per watt. They are compatible with most of Tigo’s inverter partners and any module type including monocrystalline, polycrystalline, thin-film, and bifacial.

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Fronius offers up to $100 cash back on purchases in 2017 Summer Promotion

Fronius summer promotion

In honor of the solar summer season, Fronius is including a cash-back incentive on sales of Fronius inverters and Rapid Shutdown Boxes, directly provided to solar installers across the United States, as part of its Summer Promotion, running from on June 1 through August 31.

“Based on the success of last year’s Summer Promotion, Fronius knows that installers appreciate this incentive. As a result Fronius has decided to run a promotion again and this time include our commercial inverter, the Fronius Symo, as well,” says Wolfgang Niedrist, Director of Solar Energy.

The cash back is provided for every Fronius Primo, Symo and Rapid Shutdown Box that is installed, registered and connected to Fronius Solar.web between June 1 and August 31.

The Fronius Primo: $100 for every Primo 

With power categories ranging from 3.8 kW to 15.0 kW, the transformerless Fronius Primo is the ideal compact single-phase inverter for residential applications. The sleek design is equipped with the SnapINverter hinge mounting system, which allows for lightweight, secure and convenient installation.

The Fronius Symo: $100 for every Symo

Featuring various models ranging from 10.0 kW to 24.0 kW, the transformerless Fronius Symo is the ideal compact three-phase inverter for all commercial applications. The high system voltage and wide input range ensure maximum flexibility in system design.

The Fronius Rapid Shutdown Box: $50 for every box

The Fronius Rapid Shutdown Box provides the ultimate NEC 2014 code (690.12) compliant solution while enhancing rooftop and firefighter safety. With the Fronius Rapid Shutdown Box, Fronius offers a reliable and easy to install solution for Fronius SnapINverters.

Keys to inverter service: Data granularity, remote updates, customer relations

Fronius Solar.web

Fronius Solar.web is a free online monitoring platform for Fronius inverters. Remote diagnostics and alerts such as proactive email notifications and state code awareness are just two examples. The ability to view state codes remotely helps determine whether a truck roll is truly necessary or not. Recently added, Remote Update via Fronius Solar.web eliminates another category of O&M complexity and cost – making Solar.web the most useful manufacturer-designed platform on the market.

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