REC Group launches two new monocrystalline PV modules with extended warranty

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REC Group, the largest European brand for solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, announced the production start of two new monocrystalline products based on its award winning TwinPeak technology.

Using p-type monocrystalline PERC cells, the 60-cell TwinPeak 2 Mono is rated up to 320 Wp and the 72-cell TwinPeak 2S Mono 72 up to 380 Wp. The new panels bring heightened efficiency to REC’s portfolio and will be the company’s first products to come with a new, extended warranty.

Building on REC’s long experience with half-cut cell technology, the new mono products offer increased power output per square meter and improved performance in shaded conditions. This makes the REC TwinPeak 2 Mono a solid choice for residential and small commercial rooftop installations where high power is required in limited space. The larger, but at 22 kg still lightweight, REC TwinPeak 2S Mono 72 enables large commercial and utility installations to benefit from the lower balance of system costs inherent in this format.

Order volumes for the new panels are already buoyant, early evidence of the clear product benefits and REC’s continued position as a leader for half-cut PERC cell technology. REC Group was the first manufacturer to introduce half-cut cell solar panels to mass production in 2014. To date, more than 2 GW of REC TwinPeak solar panels with half-cut cells have been installed around the globe.

“For two decades, REC Group has been continuously pushing the boundaries of solar cell technology. With the launch of TwinPeak in 2014, we were the first to commercialize half-cut cell technology. Following on from the launch of the N-Peak earlier this year, we are now transferring our years of expertise into mono-PERC products,” says Steve O’Neil, CEO at REC Group.

The new products come just four months after REC began production of its brand-new N-Peak Series – the world’s first n-type mono solar panel with half-cut cells and twin design. As with the N-Peak, the new mono products are manufactured at REC’s production site in Singapore.

TwinPeaks at a glance

• Up to 320 Wp for the 60-cell, up to 380 Wp for the 72-cell panel
• TwinPeak 2S Mono 72 available in 1500 volt
• REC’s new premium warranty: doubling the product warranty duration from 10 to 20 years; 0.5% annual degradation over 25-year power warranty for 72-cell panel, 0.7% for the 60-cell version
• 120 or 144 half-cut monocrystalline PERC cells
• 100% PID free
• At 22 kg, industry-leading lightweight 72-cell panel, yet robust construction thanks to REC’s unique frame structure
• Improved performance in shaded conditions
• Lower balance of system costs

— Solar Builder magazine

EnSync Energy adds demand management function to its solar + storage Smart Home platform

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EnSync Energy Systems is taking its innovative line of residential and commercial solar plus storage systems and asset control platforms one step further with the addition of demand management capability.

This new EnSync Smart Home system integrates the management of on-site solar plus storage with the management of demand from residential appliances, including electric water heaters, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, lighting sources and electric vehicle charging stations. By enabling this level of coordination between photovoltaics (PV), batteries, the utility grid and home consumption, the system not only optimizes energy for price and reliability, but also increases energy autonomy.

The product will debut with integration of smart water heater load control, then expand to integrate electric vehicle charge control, and finally to other major appliances by the end of next year.

“The EnSync Smart Home system enables both energy independence and cost savings by integrating utility rate information and electricity supply from PV, energy storage and the grid with electricity demand data from major appliances in the home,” said Brad Hansen, CEO of EnSync Energy.

How it works

For example, by integrating water heater load into the system, the system can intelligently manage heating of the water to occur at lower-use times of day, such as before anyone in the home wakes up or during peak PV generation, when the home is producing excess electricity, to have the water ready for the evening. The system can also intelligently discharge the battery to offset load sources in order to minimize grid electricity.

“This ability to intelligently offset home loads with storage enables the consumer to minimize adverse impact from tiered rates, time-of-day rates and demand charges from the utility, while also maintaining the quality of life and comfort the homeowner is accustomed to,” Hansen says.

The EnSync Smart Home is the latest development of the EnSync Home Energy System, which debuted in May 2018. Designed for multi-unit properties and residential communities, the system’s modular structure, DC BUS architecture and IoE communications, command and control platform optimizes the economics of clean energy for both multi-family properties and individual homes. Its lithium-iron-phosphate battery chemistry also ensures greater energy storage safety.

To achieve further grid independence, EnSync Smart Home can also integrate individual residential units into an energy sharing network with the EnSync True Peer-to-Peer DC-Link. By allowing individual residential units to exchange electricity directly with one another, this feature mitigates the inefficiencies created by vacancy rates, time-of-day absence and micro-loading effects in multi-unit properties or communities, increasing utilization of the solar generation across the network as a whole.

Being able to manage the energy supply and load in the home in an integrated and intelligent fashion will be key criteria for achieving market leadership in the residential energy storage market, which EnSync Energy estimates will be worth more than $9 billionover the next five years, with a compound annual growth rate of more than 60 percent.

— Solar Builder magazine

Sunnova adds Solaria PowerXT modules to approved vendor list

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Sunnova Energy Corporation, a national U.S. residential solar and storage service provider announced that Solaria’s PowerXT modules have been added to its approved vendor list.

“We’re very excited that Sunnova has added Solaria’s modules to their approved vendor list,” said Solaria CEO Suvi Sharma. “Solar plus storage is one of the most promising energy innovations to emerge in recent years. Sunnova is providing consumers affordable, reliable clean solar plus storage technology that generates long-term value, while facilitating greater energy independence.We’re very pleased that Sunnova values the innovative design and engineering of our PowerXT module, and recognizes that it’s one of the industry’s most bankable products.”

Sunnova is one of the leading residential solar and storage service providers in the United States. With 60,000 customers (over 400 MW of solar installation) in 22 U.S states and territories including Guam, Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, Sunnova continues to expand its solar plus storage offerings to homeowners across the United States.

About PowerXT

Solaria PowerXT is a high energy yield panel –a sleek and aesthetic option for homeowners interested in converting their rooftops into on-site power plants, and securing energy independence. Solaria manufactures the pure black PowerXT solar modules, using advanced cell interconnect and module production processes significantly boosting power generation and providing outstanding performance with unmatched aesthetic appeal. Providing labor savings on racking and system components, Solaria’s PowerXT module series significantly boost power generation while eliminating reliability challenges that can reduce conventional PV modules’ long-term performance.

Solaria’s complete solution gives solar installers the ability to streamline installation and ensure property and homeowner satisfaction while increasing the value of their homes and buildings. By deploying Solaria, installers can ensure maximize power deployment on customer roofs – empowering them to install attractive, cost-effective distributed power plants that accelerate payback period and profitability.

— Solar Builder magazine

Sunnova adds Solaria PowerXT modules to approved vendor list

solaria power XT

Sunnova Energy Corporation, a national U.S. residential solar and storage service provider announced that Solaria’s PowerXT modules have been added to its approved vendor list.

“We’re very excited that Sunnova has added Solaria’s modules to their approved vendor list,” said Solaria CEO Suvi Sharma. “Solar plus storage is one of the most promising energy innovations to emerge in recent years. Sunnova is providing consumers affordable, reliable clean solar plus storage technology that generates long-term value, while facilitating greater energy independence.We’re very pleased that Sunnova values the innovative design and engineering of our PowerXT module, and recognizes that it’s one of the industry’s most bankable products.”

Sunnova is one of the leading residential solar and storage service providers in the United States. With 60,000 customers (over 400 MW of solar installation) in 22 U.S states and territories including Guam, Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, Sunnova continues to expand its solar plus storage offerings to homeowners across the United States.

About PowerXT

Solaria PowerXT is a high energy yield panel –a sleek and aesthetic option for homeowners interested in converting their rooftops into on-site power plants, and securing energy independence. Solaria manufactures the pure black PowerXT solar modules, using advanced cell interconnect and module production processes significantly boosting power generation and providing outstanding performance with unmatched aesthetic appeal. Providing labor savings on racking and system components, Solaria’s PowerXT module series significantly boost power generation while eliminating reliability challenges that can reduce conventional PV modules’ long-term performance.

Solaria’s complete solution gives solar installers the ability to streamline installation and ensure property and homeowner satisfaction while increasing the value of their homes and buildings. By deploying Solaria, installers can ensure maximize power deployment on customer roofs – empowering them to install attractive, cost-effective distributed power plants that accelerate payback period and profitability.

— Solar Builder magazine

Repower your 600-volt PV plants with this Yaskawa Solectria, Alencon combo

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Yaskawa Solectria Solar and Alencon Systems are combining their areas of expertise to start repowering 600V PV plants. The partnership brings together Alencon’s String Power Optimizer and Transmitter, the SPOT, and Yaskawa Solectria Solar’s XGI 1000 transformerless string inverter.

The integration of the Alencon SPOT and Yaskawa Solectria Solar’s XGI 1000 offers end users a tested and complete solution for repowering 600V PV plants with new high efficiency inverters and optimizers. The updated PV array will be able to remain negatively or positively grounded as originally designed.

Interoperability was confirmed during extensive compatibility testing of the two units at Alencon’s power electronics laboratory located at their Hatboro, PA headquarters. Testing included operating the XGI 1000 inverter in a constant voltage mode, where the SPOT performs string level maximum power point tracking while providing the XGI 1000 a fixed voltage that allows it to run at its maximum efficiency.

Both the SPOT and XGI series inverter are designed, tested and built in the United States and compliant with the Buy American Act (BAA), making this unique solution ideal for customers with mandates to comply with the BAA including military and other government entities.

“The testing conducted between Alencon and Solectria confirms that the XGI 1000 and SPOT platforms perform perfectly together, creating an elegant American-made solution for restoring and improving 600V systems.” said Miles C. Russell, Director of Product Management at Yaskawa Solectria Solar.

— Solar Builder magazine