FIGURE 1: TRUEAC Yields the Most Soft Cost Savings

Study Reports Soft Cost Savings With Microinverters And AC Modules

In an increasingly cost-competitive solar market, residential solar installers are capturing higher profit margins and lowering costs through their choice of power electronics, as reported in a new nationwide study by SolarBridge Technologies. Surveying 32 residential solar installers in 16 states over a two-month period, SolarBridge asked participants to compare soft costs associated with string

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ABB Reveals New Products For Solar Market At SPI

At SPI 2014, ABB announced the introduction of a new line of 1500 Vdc rated components and three additions to the OTDC disconnect switch family, all for use in solar PV applications. 15oo Vdc Components These components include disconnect switches, molded case switches, contactors, surge protective devices and voltage/current sensors. Some components are rated up

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Solar Grid Storage Awarded SunShot Initiative Incubator Funding

Solar Grid Storage has been awarded U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Incubator funding of $968,120 aimed at streamlining solar storage interactivity with the grid and accelerating deployment of innovative solar storage systems. Energy Secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz announced the latest round of SunShot Incubator awards during his keynote address at Solar Power International 2014

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Zilla Introduces Next Generation Solar Roof Mount At SPI

Zilla Corporation has developed what it calls the “next generation” of solar mounting systems, the Phantom XL System. A pitched roof flush mount system that attaches directly to sheathing or structure, the Zilla Phantom XL is a fully flashed, waterproof, self-grounded compact attachment solution that reduces installation time and provides more flexible layout options. Phantom

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UL Presents Four Posters During SPI

We’ve always been fascinated by the poster sections of trade shows. When we heard that UL (Underwriters Laboratories) was presenting four posters at SPI, we asked them to share what you could have learned if you’d had the chance to attend them all: BoS Is No BS — You Must Install Them Properly By Christian Storbeck,

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Understanding What California Rule 21 Means For Solar Inverters

As inverter manufactures complete preparations for complying with NEC 2014, another rule, and amending standards to fulfill it, are right around the corner. Here’s a brief explanation of what’s coming up. California Rule 21: Gigawatts of solar have been added to the California grid, but as more and more come online the grid must become smarter

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Siemens M250 Microinverters Result In Net-Zero Consumption

Siemens, in partnership with 1st Light Energy, has installed its M250 solar microinverters and VersiCharge universal electric vehicle (EV) charging unit for residential use, resulting in a zero-emission home energy environment. The company says the advanced microinverters are its most efficient and improve the effectiveness of the residential PV solar installation. In conjunction with the

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ModSolar Presents Software Platform At Greenbuild Conference & Expo

ModSolar is presenting their platform and services at 2014 Greenbuild Conference and Expo, Wednesday, October 22nd and Thursday, October 23rd at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The team from ModSolar will be exhibiting in booth #2176, with demonstrations and presentations throughout the conference. “ModSolar is changing the way the solar industry works,” says

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S&C Deploys 150-kW Storage System For PJM Market

S&C Electric Company recently deployed six 25-kW PureWave Community Energy Storage (CES) systems at its global headquarters in Chicago. The 150-kW energy storage system provides fast-response frequency regulation for the PJM market, the world’s largest competitive wholesale electricity market serving over 61 million people in 13 states and the District of Columbia. Ancillary grid services,

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Soft Cost Reduction Through Power Electronics

In an increasingly cost-competitive solar market, residential solar installers are capturing higher profit margins and lowering costs through their choice of power electronics, as reported in a new nationwide study by SolarBridge Technologies. Surveying 32 residential solar installers in 16 key solar states over a two-month period, SolarBridge asked participants to compare soft costs associated