Tigo releases SMART app to streamline PV design, commissioning, monitoring

Tigo just streamlined the install and servicing possibilities of its PV systems with Tigo SMART, a mobile application that integrates with its online monitoring portal. Using the SMART app, Tigo’s solar installer partners can design, lay out, register, configure, commission and monitor customers’ PV systems from the field. The app provides the PV system owners with insight into energy generation as well as the PV system installers with the ultimate set of asset management features – all at their fingertips from a mobile phone.

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The new Tigo SMART 3.0 app is downloadable for iOS and Android through Apple’s App Store or Google Play. Notifications will be pushed to existing Tigo app users once the next generation updates are automatically completed. Learn more about the SMART App features on Tigo’s Resource Center.

Tigo SMART app features

• Intuitive Commissioning – In five minutes, select the solar equipment, design the system, scan the components, and complete end-to-end commission all on the SMART App.

• Barcode Scanning – Scan the PV system components’ codes directly into the design with a mobile phone camera.

• Bluetooth (BLE) 4.0 Connection – The SMART App automatically detects and communicates with Tigo’s Cloud Connect Advanced (CCA) (the universal datalogger); connects without changing the Mobile phone settings; and eliminates the need to manually switch to Wi-Fi.

• Prompted Configuration Steps – The installation time for installers is minimized thanks to the SMART App’s prompted configuration steps during the layout process.

• Production Tracking – With the highest granularity and visibility in the market, users monitor the module-level production in real-time, day, week, month, year, and lifetime.

• Intelligent Alerts – Review detailed alerts at the touch of a button, and receive recommended correct actions.

• Localized Weather Conditions – Daily weather displays help define production errors due to clouds, snow, etc.

• Personalized Imagery – Customize a system’s portal with photos of the PV installation.

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SMA looks to higher power yields with Sunny Central inverter updates

SMA central inverter

SMA is now taking orders for its Sunny Central 2750-EV-US inverter. With 10 percent more power than previous models, the Sunny Central 2750-EV-US is SMA’s solution for maximum power density and integration. Following closely behind the Sunny Central 2500-EV-US, which was the first utility-scale inverter to be listed to the UL 62109 standard, the Sunny Central 2750-EV-US has also achieved UL 62109 listing — ensuring customers that it meets the highest quality and safety standards in the industry.

“The new, larger power class of the Sunny Central 2750-EV-US will help further reduce installation costs, and it builds on our experience with 1,500 V technology for large-scale power plants. In addition, the UL 62109 listing ensures that our customers can count on the highest quality and safety available.”

Utilizing SMA’s field-proven central inverter technology with minor component changes, this solution will result in higher power yields and lower specific costs. With superior stack design, the Sunny Central 2750-EV-US offers true 1,500 V technology for maximum reliability.

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With fewer system components, installation and commissioning of the Sunny Central 2750-EV-US are fast and simple. It can be used as a standalone solution, but is also ready for integration into the SMA Medium Voltage Power Station with the DC Combiner, Medium Voltage switchgear and Power Plant Controller for a complete utility solution. The Sunny Central 2750-EV-US also includes SMA’s unique OptiCool™ precision cooling technology for the most intelligent and efficient cooling, creating additional OPEX savings and contributing to the lowest cost of ownership in utility-scale PV.

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KACO designs 1,500-volt string inverter, the blueplanet 125 TL3

KACO new energy updated its Pan-American product portfolio at Solar Power International in Las Vegas. The Company’s featured product is the blueplanet 125 TL3, a 1500V string inverter solution designed specifically for KACO new energy’s robust client portfolio of leading utility-scale developers and EPCs.

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“As a compliment to the fully integrated power stations with centralized inverters being built in Texas by KACO for large utility-scale applications the blueplanet 125 TL3 1500V enables the global trend towards decentralized architectures for smaller-scale utility projects,” said Eduardo Casilda, Senior Director of Sales and Business Development for KACO new energy Inc.

“The idea of course being to both lower equipment costs as well as O&M costs while remaining flexible in design, minimizing risks and keeping installation and maintenance simple for projects owners, developers and contractors,” he added.

Another focus of the Company’s exhibit at Solar Power International, is the complete residential, commercial and utility-scale portfolio offered in the Latin American PV market. 2017 is a significant growth year for the Company’s market share in Central and South America, which includes milestones such as supplying Latin America’s largest rooftop installation.

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This year, KACO new energy also grew its brand in the rapidly expanding Mexican photovoltaic market, with the country’s top distributors now all supplying KACO as a preferred inverter solution.

In July, the Company launched the blueplanet 29.0 TL3 INT LV (“29.0 Series”), an inverter with lower AC output voltage developed for the Company’s rapidly expanding Commercial and Industrial (C&I) sales channels in Latin America and the Caribbean.

“Our strategic placement of the Americas manufacturing and service hub in San Antonio, Texas continues to yield positive results and enables us to achieve unmatched flexibility, customization and regionalization of our solutions and operational platform,” said Casilda.

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New stuff from Tigo: three Duo covers, partnership with SMA

Tigo, a pioneer of the smart modular Flex MLPE platform, is always announcing new products and partnerships. Here are the latest:

Three new Duo covers

Tigo MLPE

These three new “Duo” covers are  add-on / retrofit solutions for its TS4 platform:

  • TS4-R-O-Duo (Optimization),
  • TS4-R-S-Duo (Safety), and
  • TS4-R-M-Duo (Monitoring).

The TS4-R-X-Duo brings smart module functionality to standard PV modules, adds smart features to new PV installations and upgrades underperforming PV assets. With UHD-Core technology and expanded specifications, the Duo supports two PV modules connected in series with a combined power of up to 700W and a combined voltage of up to 90V.

With a universal base and a range of covers containing flexible module-level power electronics (Flex MLPE), Tigo’s Duo increases freedom of choice when selecting features for a particular project and budget. All three Duo covers work with any inverter and any module within its electrical specifications.

Partnership with SMA

Tigo and SMA are joining forces to deliver total compliance with the newly released SunSpec Alliance specifications regarding Rapid Shutdown adoption for PV plants. SunSpec Alliance, certifier of PV components and communication standards, has defined the specifications of the powerline-based PV transmitter signal covering varying installation types and regions.

Tigo and SMA’s partnership brings the first transmitter and receiver offering that represents interoperability between the inverter and the PV module’s MLPE. SMA’s full line of US string inverters will be supporting the new SunSpec standard to fulfill the tightened module-level requirements in National Electric Code (NEC) 2017, becoming mandatory in January 2019. Tigo will expand its current offering to include a SunSpec Rapid Shutdown and add this capability to its TS4 Flex MLPE product line. The new addition is 100% compatible and certified by about 40 PV module suppliers currently using the TS4 platform – including Trina Solar, Itek, and Sunpreme. The new offering is also available for add-on or retrofit applications.

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Sungrow’s 1,500-volt central inverter receives UL 1741-SA certification

sungrow central 1500 volt inverter

Sungrow’s 1,500Vdc turnkey station, the SG2500U, received its UL 1741-SA certification, a stringent grid interconnection requirement which will be required for North American projects in the near future, making it the first central inverter to receive do so.

The containerized 2.5-MW SG2500U, Sungrow’s leading 1500-V central inverter product, features high efficiency, energy-saving operation, and the ability to function in extreme environmental conditions with little to no loss in efficiency, almost always hitting its mark at 98.8% efficiency regardless of humidity, temperature, and other variables. The product is also designed for simplified logistics and easy O&M. These features of SG2500U help it generate greater ROI for utility-scale PV plants.

The SG2500U will be on display at the Solar Power International show in Las Vegas at Booth #3226.

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