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.

tigo smart app

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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— Solar Builder magazine

BASF, SoloPower Systems debut solar-integrated roofing system

BASF solar roof

The next contender in the solar-integrated roofing race: BASF and SoloPower Systems are launching a “multi-layered roofing system” that combines energy efficiency, power generation, waterproofing and water harvesting.

The companies say the seamless multi-layered roofing system can be up to 60% lighter than conventional roofs due to its unique light weight construction materials throughout its design. This solution includes roof panels, waterproofing membrane and solar panels. Using composite structural insulated panels provides a cost-effective way to comply with the national energy efficiency regulations South African National Standards (SANS) 10400XA.

At the launch event, Chairman of SoloPower Systems, Neil Auerbach, said that this product represents the future of the solar roofing industry.

“The ability of this roof to combine, in a single product, best-in-class thermal insulation, water harvesting and solar power generation, puts it ahead of the pack in generating both environmental benefits and rapid payback for customers. I expect this product to change the way roofing and solar is thought about in the commercial and industrial sector,” he said.

BASF Roofing System Component

According to Managing Director of BASF Construction Chemicals South Africa, Angus Peruzzo, South Africa has the best solar conditions in the world. “Incorporating existing technology from Germany and the United States, we have customized the system to enable optimum usage for climatic zones in South Africa. Our collaboration with SoloPower and the launch of this multi-layered system will enable energy and other resources to be harnessed more efficiently for the long-term.”

The technology used for the solar power panels (modules) are CIGS (copper indium gallium selenide) solar cells that produce high energy yields by converting a broader spectrum of light into electrical energy. This technology also allows for the panel construction to be thin and flexible.

— Solar Builder magazine

SnapNrack debuts new universal wire clamp (compatible with Enphase Q Cables)

SnapNrack mounting

At Solar Power International, SnapNrack debuted its new Universal Wire Clamp, which will further enhance the company’s wire management solutions to reduce solar installation times and lower installations costs for customers.

The new SnapNrack Universal Wire Clamp is perfect for managing PV Wires and Enphase Q Cables on the roof. In fact, SnapNrack says this is the only wire clamp currently offered by any racking manufacturer for the Enphase Q Cables and PV Wires. The Universal Wire Clamp has the capability of securing four PV wires or two Enphase Q cables.

The Universal Wire Clamp is designed to organize and secure wires and cables with a lasting tight fit over the life of the system for any SnapNrack Series 100 Residential Roof Mount installation.

In addition to the Universal Wire Clamp, SnapNrack’s line of wire management solutions includes the Junction Box, Wire Retention Clips and Conduit Support Clamps. The full wire management line is made of materials which have been selected for their high UV exposure capability and ability to handle extreme rooftop conditions commonly seen under solar arrays.

SnapNrack customers can now purchase the entire wire management product line, including the Universal Wire Clamp, through their authorized SnapNrack Distributor.

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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.

— Solar Builder magazine

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.

KACO SPI

“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.

— Solar Builder magazine