How module-level monitoring is advancing solar O&M

There has been a lot of industry discussion recently about how operation and maintenance and asset management can help improve a system’s financials. These terms are often used interchangeably but have very different roles. PV asset management refers to the financial and administrative activities to translate energy production into revenue—mostly office work. O&M is the

SolarEdge introduces advanced communications and management accessories to enhance PV monitoring

SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. (“SolarEdge”) (NASDAQ: SEDG), a global leader in PV inverters, power optimizers, and module-level monitoring services, announces the launch of advanced communications and management accessories to enhance module-level monitoring and improve O&M operations. In an effort to speed up installation times and to simplify the setup of solar monitoring connections, SolarEdge introduces its

SPW picks for the top solar product characteristics of 2016

This year, new consumer product features allow you to track your sleep, take a 3D deep sea dive in a shark cage and even toss digital confetti in birthday text messages. Likewise, new features of products are enhancing our lives in solar. Below, you’ll see products that incorporate cutting-edge technologies using chip integration, diamond-like materials,

Upcoming 2017 changes for solar labeling

This article is reposted with permission from Graphic Products. See the original blog here.  When solar labeling first surfaced around 1980, there were no set standards. Over time, the National Electrical Code (NEC) included solar systems and labeling in its standard, which started with the 1984 edition, with the most current revision being the 2017

Microinverters and optimizers expected to shift from stand-alones to integrated AC and smart modules

The business model of microinverter and power optimizer suppliers is set to shift from standalone units to integrated systems, such as Smart and AC modules, according to new analysis released today by IHS Markit. The annual IHS Technology PV Microinverter and Power Optimizer Report examines market size, pricing and vendor market share. It forecasts revenue

SolarEdge offers frame-mounted power optimizers

The new series of frame-mounted power optimizers have a modified bracket that enables them to be attached directly to a module frame. Frame-mounted versions are available for the P300 and the commercial P700 and P730 power optimizers. The frame-mounted optimizer can be installed in the corner or on the side of the module, and does

Tigo announces TS4 platform availability on PVsyst modeling software

Tigo, the Flex MLPE pioneer, announced that Tigo’s TS4 platform is now available on PVsyst modeling software. Making the TS4 available on the widest distributed modeling software in the World. System designers, installers and financiers utilizing Smart modules will be now able to accurately model and predict the energy harvest benefit that TS4 smart platform

What are the National Electrical Code fire safety requirements for PV arrays?

The safety conversation involving rooftop solar has largely been influenced by the NFPA and others responsible for developing nationally recognized codes and standards. First responders are worried about dangerous current running through a solar array when responding to a building fire. The 2014 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC) requires rapid shutdown for roof-mounted

SolarEdge presents commercial PV and expanded smart energy solutions

SolarEdge Technologies is presenting its commercial PV solution and expanded smart energy management portfolio at Intersolar Europe. The expanded smart energy management portfolio includes a new product suite of load switching devices and immersion heater controls designed to direct excess PV energy to appliances during the day in order to shift energy consumption to match

Tigo reinvents MLPE with Flex MLPE

After years of research, development, testing and certification, Tigo brought the revolutionary TS4 platform (the smartest solar optimizer) to market. Tigo introduces an equally revolutionary new concept to fully capture the TS4 capabilities: The Flex MLPE Flex MLPE offers customers, suppliers, and financial communities the solution that improves return on investment at each level and guarantees to reduce the O&M