Trial floating solar installation in Orlando is first of hopefully many for Florida utility

Minnesota might be known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but Florida is pretty water-dense too. The state has 30,000 lakes spread across three million acres of land—most non-navigable. Florida is the third most populous state but only the 22nd largest state by area. People and unusable waterways are taking up a lot of space

SolPad takes steps to reduce size and weight in its solar inverter and storage solution

SolPad is using GaN Systems’ gallium nitride (GaN) transistors in its FlexGrid inverters to increase power efficiency and reduce size and weight. Using an intelligent design capable of compensating for diverse power environments, the FlexGrid inverter is seamlessly integrated into two devices, SolPad Home and SolPad Mobile, creating a new category of “smart energy” products.

Sunworks chooses Yaskawa – Solectria as inverter partner

Yaskawa – Solectria Solar, commercial PV inverter manufacturer, announced a partnership with Sunworks. Sunworks will install co-branded PVI 50/60TL transformerless three-phase string inverters, which are a part of Yaskawa – Solectria Solar’s best-selling commercial string inverter line. Sunworks will continue to utilize other Yaskawa – Solectria Solar commercial products in addition to the PVI 50/60TL

Podcast: SMA discusses solar design decisions

There’s been a lot of talk about centralized “versus” distributed systems, but really the topic may not be so black and white. In fact, there are many variables to consider, which makes system design so important. Ryan LeBlanc (senior application engineer), and Jamie Mordarski (senior manager, O&M North America) discuss those considerations for system architecture

Install hybrid inverters to simplify adding batteries

When it comes to energy storage, you don’t want science projects and unhappy customers. Ensure a near-future revenue stream by offering storage-ready hybrid inverters. Batteries with grid-tied PV will soon be the standard offering, as customers increasingly recognize the benefits of storing local behind-the-meter energy. Pricing on lithium-ion smart batteries is projected to fall rapidly

Install the wire box before the string inverter

Contractors can install string inverters with integrated, but separable, wire boxes more efficiently by installing the wire box first and then focusing on the inverters. Employing the appropriate skilled workers to align all wire boxes is essential to quickly complete DC and AC wire termination and connection. Once the wire boxes are in, less-skilled, lower-cost

Address connectivity issues to reduce trips to solar sites

You’re a solar installer, not “the IT guy,” so why spend time dealing with connectivity issues, rebooting customers’ Wi-Fi networks? While real-time monitoring is an essential feature of today’s PV systems, communication between system monitoring devices and the customer’s router is often overlooked. Understanding the options for today’s connectivity—and making smart choices for your customers—can

KACO new energy receives orders for 600-MW in first quarter

As of the end of March, KACO new energy has booked 600-MW in global inverter orders. KACO new energy Group attributes this to the mid-2016 launch of its blueplanet 50.0 TL3 INT inverter model, which it said has led to significant growth in the Middle East, Turkey and India. “We laid the foundation for this

SMA to auction off solar and manufacturing equipment from Denver facilities

  Last August, SMA Solar Technology announced it would close its inverter production facilities in Denver, Colorado as part of its plan to consolidate global inverter production in Germany and China. Assets from the facility are now being auctioned off through BiditupAuctions Worldwide in a two-day sale online in May. The item auctioned from SMA’s 170,000 and

Sunworks to install co-branded Yaskawa – Solectria Solar inverters

Sunworks will install co-branded Yaskawa – Solectria Solar PVI 50/60TL transformerless three-phase string inverters, which are a part of Yaskawa – Solectria Solar’s commercial string inverter line. Sunworks will continue to use other Yaskawa – Solectria Solar commercial products depending on project needs. Sunworks chose Yaskawa – Solectria Solar inverters based on their proven reliability, Yaskawa