Mission Solar to show off four new solar panels (three PERC) at Solar Power International

Mission Solar

Mission Solar Energy, a U.S. based supplier of high-efficiency solar modules, is debuting four new solar panels at Solar Power International (booths #1512 and #6039). The new products include PERC and Mono technologies featuring five busbar, high efficiency cells. As the demand for higher power output modules grow, Mission Solar Energy is committed to offering modules that perform at industry-leading efficiencies.

In addition to the technology and performance advancements, Mission Solar’s new product line will also feature a 12-year product warranty, an upgrade from the company’s 10-year product warranty offered with current modules.

“Our objective is to provide customers with the very best technology and services the industry has to offer. Launching our new product line will allow us to deliver high performance modules at competitive pricing,” said Jae Yang, President & CEO of Mission Solar Energy.

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Mission Solar Energy’s new product line:

MSE PERC 60: This 60-cell module will feature five busbar technology, offering a class-leading power output of 310W. The sleek, all black design gives this module superior aesthetics, making its application ideal for residential and commercial projects.

MSE PERC 60: (white back sheet): Incorporating a white back sheet will give a boost in power output, offering a class leading power output of 315W.

MSE Mono 72: This 72-cell module features monocrystalline, five busbar technology with a power output of 350W. Commercial and utility scale projects are ideal for this product.

MSE PERC 72: Mission Solar Energy’s highest performing module is a 72-cell panel featuring PERC, five busbar cells with a power output of 370W. Built to withstand extreme weather conditions, this product is best suited for commercial and utility-scale projects.

Production of the new product line is expected to ramp up in Q4 of this year, making products available in early 2019. To learn more about Mission Solar Energy and its new product line, visit  at Solar Power International.

— Solar Builder magazine

APA Solar Racking launches new ground screw line at SPI

APA Ground screw

APA Solar Racking is launching a new line of ground screws and secured an exclusive U.S. distribution agreement with one of the world’s leading ground screw manufacturers to fulfill solar projects of all sizes. The APA Ground Screws are available with APA racking or can be fitted with other ground mount and tracker systems. The ground screws are designed to APA’s in-house engineering specs and backed by APA’s quality guarantee. Customers will work directly with APA for all orders, and APA will manage the entire process for in-house application testing, loading engineering, volume ordering and inventory.

You can check them out in person at Solar Power International, booth 804.

Ground screw sizes

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Ground screws are the ideal foundation for rocky, hard pan, and caliche soils. The APA Ground Screws are available with standard depths of 40, 61, 73 and 85 inches to accommodate frost depths around the country. APA’s standard screw diameter is 2.35″ for better drivability, lower cost point compared to a 3”screw. Additional diameters up to 4.5″ are available. APA’s ground screws are designed with the highest quality standards and backed by APA’s guarantee. The Superior quality features heavy wall tube, welded connections, hot dipped galvanized coating, and a forged tip. These features allow massive amounts of torque and down pressure to be applied, penetrating the toughest soils.

The APA Ground Screw perfect for all APA racking systems and can easily be outfitted for other racking systems using either the set screw or flange connection. The ground screws are easy to install with a skid loader or mini excavator with an auger attachment or a pile driving rig with a rotary head.

— 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

Solar Snake Max is now available for utility-grade solar installs, see it at SPI

Snake Tray

Snake Tray

Solar Snake Max is Snake Tray’s new patented cable containment system for utility grade installations. The easy snap together elements allow for code compliant cable separation. Construction cycle times will be cut in half with this new approach to managing high voltage cables. Cables install with snap together components, no tools required or field fabrication. Solar Snake Max quickly mounts to any style of vertical pilings or poles and maintains code-compliant separation of power cables up to 2 KV. Booth 2281

— Solar Builder magazine

Check out Solmetric’s new PVA-1500 PV Analyzer Kit at SPI

Solmetric PV analyzer

The PVA-1500 PV Analyzer Kit is a 1500 volt I-V curve tracer with built-in PV performance modeling and advanced wireless irradiance, temperature and tilt sensing from Solmetric. It provides unprecedented measurement throughput and accuracy and delivers deep insight into the performance of your arrays. You can see it for yourself at Solar Power International, booth 352.

In addition to the 1500V measurement capability, the PVA-1500 has a few additional enhancements over its predecessor, the PVA-1000S, including using WiFi to communicate to your tablet or laptop. This eliminates the USB dongle required for the PVA-1000S.

What’s new?

For each string, the PV Analyzer measures the I-V (current vs. voltage) and P-V (power vs. voltage) curves with a single button click. The measured results are compared to the expected performance, taking into account the irradiance and module cell temperature at the time of the I-V measurement. The I-V Unit communicates wirelessly to your Windows tablet or laptop (not included), enhancing safety and allowing freedom of movement during testing. Automated data analysis and reporting save you time.

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The PV Analyzer is designed to work as hard as you do. High measurement throughput means it can measure 1 MW in less than 2 hours–even in hot environments where other curve tracers shut down. In an example PV system with 1300V Voc, 16 strings per combiner box, and 5 minutes to move to next combiner box, the PVA can make more than 800 measurements at 25°C ambient and 250 measurements at 45°C ambient. The incident angle corrected SolSensor is able to make accurate irradiance readings in lower light conditions extending your working window.

I-V curve testing is the preferred method for commissioning, O&M, and troubleshooting of PV arrays because it provides the most complete performance measurement possible. Populations of curves can be analyzed quickly for outliers and data can be archived as a baseline for future reference if performance questions arise.

— Solar Builder magazine