Streamlined residential solar: Solaria, Enphase Energy, Quick Mount PV join forces

Solaria Power XT Enphase AC module

Solaria Corporation, a global provider of high efficiency solar modules, is teaming with mounting and racking provider Quick Mount and microinverter manufacturer Enphase Energy, to produce a single, unified system that ensures efficiency, performance and aesthetics. Available through select distributors, the complete solution gives solar installers the ability to streamline installation and ensure homeowner satisfaction at the lowest possible cost.

Solaria manufactures the PowerXT pure black solar modules using advanced cell interconnect and module production processes, significantly boosting power generation and providing outstanding performance with unmatched aesthetic appeal.

Quick Mount PV’s QRail racking system features patented QClick and QSplice technologies that simplify and speed solar installation. The result is the fastest and most reliable system deployment in solar.

The Enphase IQ 7+ Microinverter features Enphase’s two-wire cabling for ease of installation, and leverages semiconductor integration for higher reliability and better economies of scale. The 295 W AC Enphase IQ 7+ Micro combines efficiency, reliability and streamlined installation and is available either as a standalone component or in the factory-integrated Enphase Energized PowerXT-AC module from Solaria, which further improves installation efficiency.

Solaria will be exhibiting at booth 1251 at Solar Power International in Anaheim, September 25-27, 2018.

— Solar Builder magazine

Solar Power International Action Plan: What to see at the largest solar trade show in the country

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Wondering what to see, where to stop and what’s new at the largest solar industry trade show in the United States? To help you figure that out, pick a statement that fits what you need and see where it leads. Think of it as a Choose Your Own Adventure story. Or, be no fun and just thumb through each page at random using the numbers at the bottom. I suppose that’s an adventure too.

What’s your SPI Action Plan?

I need a turnkey or full-service provider for large-scale projects

I need a standing seam roof solution

I want to reduce costs in C&I component costs

I need to know about NEC 2017-ready inverters

I am looking for something new on the residential rooftop

— Solar Builder magazine

SMA America’s residential storage inverter is now shipping

SMA America‘s AC-coupled solution for residential energy storage and management, the Sunny Boy Storage-US inverter, is now shipping.

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“The Sunny Boy Storage-US offers intelligent residential energy storage and is equipped with outstanding features and functions to reduce future electricity bills,” said Nick Morbach, executive vice president for SMA’s Residential and Commercial business unit. “Combined with our other residential offerings, including the Power+ Solution, and equipped SMA Smart Connected, this solution will be a significant component for holistic home energy management with SMA.”

Using an AC coupled architecture, the Sunny Boy Storage 3.8-US/5.0-US/6.0-US offers a simple, flexible platform for new and existing PV systems that is compatible with high-voltage battery manufacturers, such as BYD and other leading brands.

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Up to three high-voltage batteries can be connected to a single Sunny Boy Storage-US, which gives maximum flexibility by using different storage capacities, even from different battery brands, in parallel. The concept is future-proof, allowing installers to add more battery capacity at any time. Energy management features make it possible for the inverter to mitigate demand charges as well as time-of-use pricing, offering homeowners maximum savings. The SMA Automatic Backup Unit, which allows use of backup power and is rated for 200 Amp service, is now available in conjunction with the Sunny Boy Storage-US.

Another key feature of the solution is Secure Power Supply, which enables up to 2,000 W of convenience power during the day or night in the event of a grid outage. Installers who are interested in purchasing a Sunny Boy Storage-US may contact an SMA Authorized Distributor.

— Solar Builder magazine

Panasonic teams with SolarEdge for new optimized HIT S Series module

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Panasonic Eco Solutions of North America and SolarEdge Technologies are introducing the HIT S Series Module, a new premium smart module for the U.S. residential market optimized by SolarEdge. Expanding Panasonic’s photovoltaic high-performance HIT portfolio, the HIT S Series Module with a SolarEdge power optimizer is designed to generate more solar power in all conditions, including high temperatures, as compared to leading competitors, due to Panasonic’s industry-low temperature co-efficient. Attendees at Solar Power International 2018, Sept. 24 – 27, will be among the first in the world to see the new high-performance HIT S Series smart module on display in Panasonic booth #1520.

“As states across the U.S. follow in California’s footsteps to incentivize and require solar module installations, energy storage and energy-efficient upgrades, industry leaders like Panasonic and SolarEdge must continue pushing boundaries in solar technology innovation,” said Mukesh Sethi, General Manager, Solar and Energy Storage Division, Panasonic Eco Solutions North America. “Bolstered by a SolarEdge power optimizer, the new HIT S Series smart module represents the latest advancement for our Photovoltaic HIT portfolio, offering industry-leading premium power in even the highest temperatures, while yielding homeowners more cost savings and enhanced protection.”

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The new HIT S Series smart module with a SolarEdge power optimizer offers simplified logistics to accelerate installation. Designed to specifically work with SolarEdge inverters, the module offers all the SolarEdge benefits of increased energy production for faster return on investment, improved design flexibility for enhanced aesthetic and optimal rooftop design, module-level monitoring of real-time system performance, as well as enhanced safety with SafeDC technology for module-level shutdown. Additionally, the SolarEdge inverter, which works with the HIT® S Series smart module, is future-ready to upgrade to StorEdge or EV-charging, helping homeowners increase energy independence.

The HIT S Series smart module is covered by Panasonic’s 25-year TripleGuard warranty that provides module protection, including performance, workmanship and parts. With a guaranteed 90.76 percent rated power output after 25 years, homeowners can achieve more energy savings year over year. SolarEdge’s power optimizer warranty is for 25 years and its inverter warranty is for 12 years, extendable to 20 or 25 years. The SolarEdge solution includes remote and module-level monitoring free for 25 years.

— Solar Builder magazine

Details on CyboEnergy’s new line of AC-assisted off-grid inverters

CyboEnergy a developed a family of AC-assisted off-grid CyboInverters that can run almost any kind of AC loads including air-conditioners, refrigerators, EV chargers, pumps, motors, appliances, lights, fans, TV, computers, etc., without batteries. Let’s look at how.

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CyboEnergy CEO George Cheng said this product allows a “battery-less off-grid solar system to start and run heavy loads 24/7 with consistent performance under DC and AC power variations and load changes. It is well suited for areas such as California, Hawaii, Europe, and Caribbean Islands where electricity is costly, yet on-grid solar is no longer welcomed due to grid capacity limitations.”

The above diagram illustrates an AC-assisted off-grid solar system with two AC-assisted off-grid CyboInverters, where a master unit is daisy-chained with a slave unit to form a 2.4-kW system. The system has 3 operating modes.

  1. In the grid AC only mode, the input AC from the grid can run the AC loads directly, when the inverters are not even turned on. For instance, when the inverters are down at night, the AC loads can operate normally with the grid power.
  2. In the solar only mode, the AC input port of the master inverter is not connected to the grid or the grid is down. In this case, the inverters will work like regular off-grid CyboInverters.
  3. In the combined power mode, the AC power generated by the inverter is combined with the input power from the grid, and the combined power runs the AC loads. In this case, solar production is maximized and grid power consumption is minimized. If there is more solar power than the AC loads need, the system will not consume any grid power, and the inverters will not send any power to the grid.

CyboEnergy is known for its battery-less off-grid solar inverters. Although these inverters can work most of the time under sunlight variations, the performance is still dependent on the available DC power. They will not operate in the evening and may not be able to run the loads on rainy or cloudy days. The new AC assisted off-grid CyboInverters overcome these challenges and will provide good performance under DC and AC power variations and load changes.

The following table lists the AC assisted off-grid CyboInverters with different AC standard around the world. CyboEnergy is taking pre-orders for these products and expects to ship during the 4th quarter of 2018.

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The AC-assisted off-grid CyboInverters include the following features and benefits: (1) can run AC loads with solar power only, grid power only, or combined power; (2) require no batteries; (3) have panel-level MPPT to maximize solar production; (4) can start heavy loads with assisted AC power and run the loads with only solar power; (5) avoid all the headaches of an on-grid solar system, and (6) are easy to install with great ROI.

In addition to manufacturing and servicing CyboInverters on the global market, CyboEnergy also offers technology licensing, assembly, or private label opportunities to its strategic partners for certain market segments and geographical areas.

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— Solar Builder magazine