Panasonic’s HIT AC module featuring Enphase microinverters shipping soon

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The new Panasonic AC Series Photovoltaic (PV) HIT N330E AC Module with integrated Enphase IQ 7X Microinverter will be available for solar installation companies in late March.

“In today’s market, solar installers look to offer homeowners high powered and efficient modules that maximize output on roofs of every shape and size,” said Mukesh Sethi, General Manager, Solar, and Energy Storage Division, Panasonic Eco Solutions North America. “Our AC module partnership with Enphase Energy allows us to combine our award-winning, high-efficiency PV modules with the highly reliable seventh-generation Enphase IQ microinverters. We are certain that together we will achieve tremendous efficiencies and add value to the residential solar industry, for both solar installers and solar homeowners.”

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Panasonic’s N330E HIT AC Series Modules combines the efficiency of HIT solar panels with the intelligence of Enphase microinverters. One of the most efficient panels on the market, the N330E HIT AC series features high power outputs and greater energy yields due to their industry-leading temperature coefficient of -0.258%/⁰C.

The N330E features an integrated seventh-generation Enphase IQ 7X microinverter. Panasonic HIT® N330E AC Series Modules are guaranteed to keep at least 90.76% of their initial power output, driving value and peace of mind for customers who benefit from the 25-year Panasonic TripleGuard warranty on panels and the Enphase Energy Limited Warranty on the microinverter.

Panasonic AC Series HIT N330E Modules based on Enphase IQ microinverters meet or exceed regulatory requirements set by the National Electrical Code (NEC) and individual states and are certified compliant with NEC 2014 and 2017 rapid shutdown requirements.

“The IQ 7X™ micros and Panasonic HIT modules are already our flagship combination, and the Panasonic N330E AC modules will now significantly reduce our install times and provide savings on logistics and overhead costs in the warehouse,” said Arno Aghamalian, CEO, Solar Optimum Inc.


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Global solar microinverter forecast: Growth of 10 percent expected by 2024

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Global solar microinverters market is projected to grow at a CAGR of over 10 percent to reach $886 million by 2024, owing to persistent advances in R&D of solar microinverters and substantial reduction in costs of microinverters, according to a new market report. With declining solar microinverter prices and rising awareness toward the advantages of module-level power electronics (MLPE) technology, solar microinverters are gaining traction across different end user segments. Moreover, high modularity and compact size of solar microinverters make them ideal for residential applications, a major factor boosting the popularity of solar microinverters at the global level.

The major companies operating in global solar micro inverters market are Renesola, Enphase Energy Inc., APsystems, Darfon Electronics, Siemens, Chilicon Power LLC among others.

Additionally, government initiatives driving the adoption of PV installations are expected to further push the demand for solar microinverters in coming years. In terms of application, global solar microinverters market has been categorized into utility, residential and commercial.The residential sector accounted for majority of the global market in 2018 and is expected to witness a healthy growth rate during the forecast period.

Expected market dominance of the residential sector can be majorly attributed to increasing adoption of energy conservation measures for controlling the increased energy expenditure in residential applications. Over the coming years, commercial sector is also anticipated to account for a significant portion of the global solar inverters market.

North America emerged as the largest consumer of solar micro inverters across the globe in 2018, owing to growing demand for power and increasing installation of solar energy systems in the region.Among the North American countries, the largest market for solar micro inverters is the US.

Furthermore, solar micro inverters market is expected to gain traction in the Asia-Pacific region, especially in countries like India and Australia. Growth of the solar micro inverters market in the region is anticipated to be majority driven by burgeoning demand for power supply, favorable government policies and soaring fuel prices.

Among the countries in the Asia-Pacific region, the Indian market for solar invertors is expected to capture a prominent position. Rising awareness about the advantages of micro inverters and widespread adoption of sustainable sources of energy for agriculture are anticipated to fuel solar micro inverters demand across the country.

Global solar micro inverters market, which is dominated by major players, also boasts the presence of small-scale manufacturers.


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APsystems launches QS1 Four-Module 1200W AC Microinverter

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If you’re at Solar Power International this week, APsystems is unveiling something you’ll want to see: the QS1, a four-module, single-phase microinverter for residential applications (booth 2838). A new design for APsystems, the QS1 offers 75% faster installation time, while offering the highest peak output power and up to 3X faster data transmission speed than PLC. A wider MPPT voltage range will result in a greater energy harvest for homeowners.

The QS1 is designed to accommodate today’s high output PV panels up to 375W, offering 300W AC output per channel, the highest among microinverters. The unit also significantly reduces installation time and costs, taking the place of four conventional microinverters per each QS1 installed while still providing four independent MPPT.

The QS1 utilizes a common AC trunk cabling with the dual-module YC600, offering flexible mix-and-match compatibility on the same circuit to enhance site design capability and maximize circuit capacity. Both microinverters also utilize the same gateways; installers can choose from the ECU-R, for single or multi-residential installations, or the ECU-C, for applications requiring consumption monitoring and advanced contact/relay features.

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“Compatibility with the existing YC600 microinverter system gives the QS1 an unprecedented advantage,” said APsystems Chief Technology Officer Dr. Yuhao Luo. “Mixing dual and quad microinverters in the same system adds design flexibility while offering a strong inventory and installation labor advantage over conventional microinverters.”

Today’s solar systems require a more robust communication architecture to manage significantly more data points and in-field software updates. A 2.4GHz wireless Zigbee mesh network offers enhanced data transmissions speed, up to three times faster than conventional powerline communication (PLC).

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New AC module now available via Solaria, Enphase

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Solaria uses a direct contact between cells to reduce power loss as well as achieve an all-black look.

Enphase Energy and Solaria Corp. are teaming up to introduce an Enphase Energized AC Module, the Solaria PowerXT-AC. The Solaria PowerXT-AC features the Enphase IQ 7+ Microinverter and delivers high performance and aesthetics through Solaria’s proprietary module technology. The PowerXT-AC will be available from Soligent at locations around the U.S. starting in June 2018.

The PowerXT-AC is an Enphase Energized AC Module to be built by Solaria at its recently expanded manufacturing facility in Fremont, Calif. The company will integrate Enphase IQ 7+ Microinverters with its high-output PowerXT 355W (60-cell equivalent) modules. Enphase Energized AC Modules allow installers to be more competitive through improved capital management, reduced labor costs and accelerated design and installation times. The PowerXT-AC can help ensure that solar installers maximize power deployment on customer roofs, which accelerates payback timelines for customers and increases profitability for installers.

The Solaria PowerXT-AC is based on Solaria’s all-black, high output PowerXT 60-cell equivalent module and features a black back sheet. The proprietary PowerXT platform uses Solaria’s advanced cell interconnect and module production processes, which significantly boost power generation while avoiding reliability challenges that can reduce conventional PV modules’ long-term performance.

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APsystems improves its EMA portal, here are four new features

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APsystems has released new system monitoring alert capabilities within its online EMA portal. The new alerts will improve communication regarding any production and communication issues with an enhanced email alert protocol, giving installers and homeowners further insight into any potential issues affecting their systems.

While the APsystems EMA has always provided system production reports and alerts, the new alerts will be more targeted, more frequent and more informative. Enhancements include:

1. System alerts will notify an installer if one of their installed systems has an inverter that ceases producing energy.

2. Registration alerts are issued in the case of inaccurate or incomplete system registration.

3. Communication interrupt alerts will notify installers in cases where their ECU gateway ceases communicating properly with the EMA online monitoring system which could indicate an interruption of communication between inverters, ECU and/or EMA; or simply a local internet, ISP or router issue.

4. Production alerts will notify installers of unusually low power production at the individual inverter level, giving them an opportunity to check status online and verify proper operation.

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These alerts offer installers a more refined tool for notification and troubleshooting of potential system issues. As with any apparent issue, APsystems always recommends contacting our technical support team if you suspect a problem. Most issues can be reviewed and resolved online and without a trunk roll.

Changes made to the EMA are seamless and will be automatically available to all new registered systems and over 31,000 existing APsystems installations worldwide.

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