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.

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Yaskawa Solectria, Tigo team up on rapid shutdown system

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Yaskawa Solectria Solar (YSS) announced its partnership with Tigo, the leading manufacturer of Module-Level Power Electronics (MLPE). Together YSS and Tigo are providing a simple, safe solution for roof-mounted PV systems to ensure the safety of firefighters and first responders, and guarantee system owners of full compliance with the National Electrical Code (NEC) module-level rapid shutdown requirements.

Yaskawa Solectria Solar has achieved compatibility of its PVI 50/60TL line with the entire TS4 portfolio of devices from Tigo. This includes the TS4-F (Fire Safety), Tigo’s new fire-safety model, which is the simplest and most cost efficient method to achieve compliance with NEC 2017 requirements for module-level rapid shut down. Our system solution utilizes powerline communication and meets the latest SunSpec Alliance protocol.

In addition, the PVI 50/60TL is compatible with the rest of the Tigo family of devices –TS4-D (Diodes), TS4-M (Monitoring), TS4-S (Safety), TS4-O (Optimization), TS4-L (Long Strings), allowing module-level optimization or string stretching. The YSS / Tigo partnership provides flexibility for our customers, for example, allowing a PV array to use a combination of optimizers on portions that see shade and the lower-cost for those in perfect sun.

At this time YSS has achieved compatibility with the Tigo TS4 family with five of our commercial string inverters: PVI 23TL, PVI 28TL, PVI 36TL, PVI 50TL and PVI 60TL. Next in line and currently under test is our all-new SOLECTRIA XGI 1000 — BAA compliant and Made in the U.S.A. with global components. Expect an updated announcement later this summer.

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Meet Solectria SLX, the newest line of 1,000-volt, 1,500-volt inverters from Yaskawa-Solectria

Yaskawa Solectria Solar is introducing a new line of American-made inverters for commercial and utility-scale applications: Solectria SLX.

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The SLX 1000 inverters are offered in 60 and 65 kilowatt (kW) power levels and the SLX 1500 inverters are offered in 125 and 166 kilowatt (kW) power levels. They offer wireless HMI and connectivity, reducing the cost of installation and commissioning. Various options for the integrated combiner include fused or unfused inputs as well as PV connectors.

“Since Solectria Renewables was acquired by Yaskawa America in 2014, we have incorporated Yaskawa’s quality methodologies into our PV inverter design and production processes,” said Phil Vyhanek, President of Yaskawa Solectria Solar. “The SLX 1000 and SLX 1500 have endured testing to ensure that each individual component as well as the finished product will last beyond 20 years. PV project developers, owners, and EPCs will appreciate the new level of inverter reliability and durability, which drastically lowers the cost of installation and O&M, while increasing power production.”

 

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Yaskawa-Solectria says PVI 50, 60 TL inverters now meet California Rule 21

Yaskawa – Solectria Solar, a U.S. commercial PV inverter manufacturer, announced that their PVI 50 TL and PVI 60 TL inverters are now fully compliant with California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) Rule 21 – UL1741 SA.

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Achieving compliance two months prior to the deadline demonstrates Yaskawa – Solectria Solar’s dedication to remain at the forefront of cutting-edge technology and innovation.

“We are committed to providing grid-support enabled utility-interactive inverters to meet our Nation’s needs to ensure a stable grid,” said Miles Russell, Director of Product Management. “Yaskawa – Solectria Solar is continuously working to lead the market with the highest quality and reliability, while keeping up with the latest requirements.”

Rule 21 describes newly defined needs by utilities for grid stabilization as PV generation in California continues to grow. The Rule describes interconnection, operating and metering requirements for inverters to allow the grid to accept increased capacity as California adds more GWs to its grid. Rule 21 will allow inverters to actively interact with the grid and contribute to system-wide stability and reliability. UL1741 SA prescribes testing methods to qualify smart inverters for compliance with Rule 21.

California’s Rule 21 decision finalized, IREC considers it a ‘big win’

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Yaskawa-Solectria Solar inverters now fully compatible with Tigo optimizers

Yaskawa – Solectria Solar announced full compatibility of its three-phase string inverters with Tigo’s module optimizers, fully complying with the 2014 and 2017 National Electric Code (NEC) 690.12 Rapid Shutdown Requirements.

Yaskawa-Solectria Solar extends its string inverter line“We are pleased to offer our customers a solution that complies with the upcoming module-level rapid shutdown requirements,” said Miles Russell, Director of Product Management at Yaskawa – Solectria Solar. “Tigo’s integration with Yaskawa – Solectria Solar inverters allow us to stay at the forefront of the latest technology and code changes, while keeping costs low. This solution gives customers the reassurance they are looking for when it comes to safety.”

Tigo’s UL and IEC-certified optimizers TS4-L and TS4-O discharge the capacitors in the inverter to ensure zero voltage at shutdown. In addition, the built-in automatic over-current and over-temperature features reduce liability and provide safer conditions for installers, customers and first responders in case of emergency.

System design

Tigo conducted extensive testing to validate the effective performance of the systems together in standard operating environments. Yaskawa – Solectria Solar’s three-phase string inverters, PVI 23/28/36TL, can be used successfully in combination with the following TS4 product families from Tigo:

• TS4-B models –D, -M, –S, -O, -L
• TS4-R models –M, -S , -O

“Tigo is distinguished in the industry as being the sole company to offer a certified modular platform so customers can cater their system needs by simply replacing the TS4 functional covers,” says Gal Bauer, Director of Training and Development at Tigo. “By combining our innovative technologies with tier 1 companies like Yaskawa – Solectria Solar, Tigo is providing the solar market with the safest solar energy generation products and management systems.”

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— Solar Builder magazine