Soligent partners with Chilicon Power for grid-support inverter, monitoring solutions

Soligent Distribution, the leading distributor of solar equipment in the United States, has partnered with Chilicon Power, a tech-forward designer and manufacturer of grid-support inverter and monitoring solutions, to expand its quality product menu.

Soligent, a pure play solar distributor, financier and technology platform supplies over 5,000 solar installers with best-in-class panels, inverters, racking and balance of systems across the U.S. and over 45 countries. Soligent is eager to partner with Chilicon Power in part due to the CP100 gateway monitoring system created so customers can view and manage their solar power systems 24 hours a day from the comfort of anywhere in their home. Soligent is dedicated in providing its customers with high quality products and Chilicon Power has met and exceeded that standard. Together, Soligent and Chilicon Power strive toward a brighter, clean-tech future.

“We believe in providing quality products to our customers and Chilicon Power has met and exceeded our standards,” said Thomas Enzendorfer, President at Soligent, “We look forward to a long and successful partnership with them.”

“Soligent and Chilicon share similar visions for the evolution of inversion and monitoring systems and we are pleased to partner with them”, commented Alexandre Kral and Dr. Christopher R. Jones, Co-Founders of Chilicon Power.

— Solar Builder magazine

Details on PV Kit 2.0 from S-5!, updated to improve installation time


S-5! sent word of its new PV Kit 2.0 EdgeGrab and PV Kit 2.0 MidGrab, offering solar panel installers significant improvements and easier installation. S-5! introduced the original direct-attachment solar panel system 11 years ago. The updates in PV Kit 2.0 are a result of solar installer feedback to solve installer bottlenecks geared toward reducing bottlenecks and improving install time.

Among the improvements to the new PV Kit 2.0:

• Only one tool needed for installation
• Preassembled components save time and money
• Installs with module, reducing lay-out time
• Single-piece EdgeGrab installs with ease
• Versatile: same kit for most modules
• Creates a 1-inch gap between modules, allowing load reduction per ASCE-7
• Improved disk design works with all S-5! clamps and exposed-fastened brackets
• UL 2703 Listed (Pending)

S-5! is a family company, known worldwide, that has been awarded fifty-plus patents for its technologies in rooftop attachment solutions.

— Solar Builder magazine

This ‘drainage’ solar module is designed to avoid dust accumulation


Drainage Module of CECEP (PRNewsfoto/CECEP Solar)

Small scale and scattered geological locations of distributed PV power stations make operation and maintenance tasks difficult. CECEP Solar Energy Technology Co. says it has a solution inherent in its new solar module to solve the O&M pain of clearing dust on the surface of PV modules. The impact would be most felt, according to its estimates, in areas with a large quantity of sand blown by the wind, such as California, which shows an annual 7 percent generated energy loss caused by sand and dust.

“Many people still misunderstand the operation and maintenance of distributed PV power stations,” said Wang Jun, General Manager of ANX Technology. “They think distributed power stations do not need operation and maintenance, which lead to disorderly management of power stations and dust blocking problem is severe in some power stations, which severely decreases the generated energy of the module. In addition, most industrial and commercial distributed roof power stations are constructed on color roofing, with large risks for operation and maintenance, missing inspection may occur and cleaning may not be completed properly.”

Dust is commonly removed by rain flushing the surface of the module, but as the frame of the module is higher than the glass, some dust will deposit on the frame bottom after flushing, and the accumulated dust will cover the cell and lead to a local hot spot effect. This not only severely influences the output efficiency of the module but also the high temperature will accelerate material breakdown and greatly reduce the service life of the module.

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CECEP drainage solution

CECEP Solar Energy Zhenjiang Co.’s answer is the drainage module, which attempts to solve the problem of dust accumulation at the bottom of the module but also provides a self-cleaning function for the module. The so-called drainage module can effectively eliminate the influence of accumulated dust on the module, enhance generated energy of the power station and reduce the hot spot effect without influencing the performance of the module. Meanwhile, nano-modified material is used for the surface of the membrane to improve smoothness of the surface and reduce friction coefficient, making dust slip more easily; the combination of the self-cleaning membrane and antistatic effect can prevent accumulation of charge; dust will slip under the effect of dead weight and wind force, keeping the surface of PV module clean.

The research and development personnel of CECEP Solar Energy said: “Such a drainage module is more suitable for distributed power stations on color roofing. When modules are paved on the roof, they are not cleaned for a long time. Due to small installation inclination, dust is more likely to accumulate at the bottom. In severe cases, it may even block the cells of both rows, which will severely influence the generated energy. The drainage module developed by us will effectively solve the dust accumulation problem and increase generated energy of power stations. ”

In addition, application of the drainage module can greatly reduce the operation and maintenance cost of power stations.

CECEP Solar Energy Zhenjiang Company carried out the investigation for its drainage modules in 2016 and has currently completed the internal test and verification. The company is now able to manufacture the module in batches and plans to put it on the market this year.

— Solar Builder magazine

This solar mounting system from SunModo anchors entirely above roof tiles

TopTile sunmodo

Professional solar installers no longer need to grimace when considering a risk-laden solar PV installation on tile roofs. Referenced in our latest Mounting Guide issue, SunModo’s TopTile Mount System conveniently anchors solar racking entirely above the tiles, which spares the installer needing to disrupt tiles, remove battens, damage underlayment, or leave leak-prone holes or fasteners.

The TopTile Mount System features three mounting options that secure panels 4-7 inches above the tile surface, using stanchions with water-proof sealing washers and moldable flashing. Installers can choose either SunModo’s patented deck mounting system when anchoring into decks or a rafter mounting system. The system can also be mounted to a flat concrete surface. The system works on concrete, clay, stone, fiberglass or rubber tile roofs, in accordance with ICC building codes.

sunmodo toptile mount

“Our TopTile system makes it easy for installers to pursue tile roof installations because they no longer have to bear the cost and risk of tearing apart tile roofs,” said Stella Sun, Marketing Director of SunModo Corp. “This innovative solution is destined to become an industry standard with application on more than 90 percent of tile roof environments.”

SunModo TopTile Mount Systems are part of a complete line of racking and mounting options available through leading distributors or directly from the company at Samples are available and will be on display at leading solar shows.

SunModo is a private U.S. company headquartered in Vancouver, Wash., that is focused on innovative racking and mounting solutions for professional installers in the fast-growing solar industry. Energized by a desire to make solar installation easier, more reliable and more affordable, its solar racking solutions are at work in 15 countries, and from Hawaii to Connecticut.

sunmodo top tile specs

— Solar Builder magazine

News on JinkoSolar’s deal with sPower, debut of ‘Cheetah’ Series 410-watt module


JinkoSolar is both expanding its reach within the U.S. and ready to debut the most powerful commercially available modules on the market. Let’s start with the U.S. news: JinkoSolar (U.S.) entered into a three-year agreement to supply 1.43 GW of solar modules to U.S. independent power producer sPower. To date, JinkoSolar has supplied over 800 MW for sPower’s solar PV projects. The new agreement is structured so as to help Jinko expand its manufacturing capacity in the U.S. and Asia.

“We have had a strong track record of success with JinkoSolar’s high-quality and reliable modules, which is why we have signed another deal,” says Ryan Creamer, CEO of sPower. “JinkoSolar’s technology roadmap and cost leadership are also strong enablers for our future projects, and we look forward to maintaining our strong partnership.”

“We are very pleased to work with sPower,” adds Gener Miao, JinkoSolar’s vice president of sales and marketing. “We value the opportunity to grow our business with a visionary like sPower. JinkoSolar has been investing heavily in advanced solar technologies, and these efforts have yielded major benefits.”

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Meet the Cheetah

Across the Pacific, JinkoSolar Holding Co. showcased six of its blockbuster products including the unveiling for the first time of its all-new 410 W Cheetah Series and a new bifacial module at SNEC 2018.

JinkoSolar 72-cell Cheetah module’s 410 Wp performance is over 30 Wp higher than that of comparable products in the market with a range topping conversion efficiency of 20.38 percent, making it the ideal solution for tender-based large scale PV projects and projects with ultra-high technical requirements.

All JinkoSolar Cheetah series modules are produced in the company’s next-generation P5 super manufacturing facility and represent the most cutting-edge technology in solar module manufacturing. Utilizing an all latest wafer and cell designs, the Cheetah hits new benchmarks in terms of performance output, limited degradation, shade tolerance, and durability.

JinkoSolar is the only tier 1 module manufacturer to offer both N-type and P-type bifacial modules. The JinkoSolar 380 W 72-cell monocrystalline bifacial module has expanded the application boundaries of PV module installation. Traditionally, modules were largely installed in a horizontally flat or near flat manner. However, bifacial modules have opened the possibilities of installing modules in a vertical manner, drastically lowering the amount of space needed in PV projects. The ability of the bifacial modules to generate power on both sides has increased their practicality, creating new PV applications such as on highway fencing, greenhouses, sunrooms, and other building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV).

Depending on the type of tracker used, module installation angles, and the installation environment, one can expect an additional 5-25 percent power generation from bifacial modules relative to that of monofacial modules. The JinkoSolar 385W N-type bifacial module shares the same performance attributes of the P-type bifacial module and has the additional advantage of having lower degradation.

— Solar Builder magazine