The partnership establishes APS microinverter products in the Florida and Caribbean markets, following recent distribution deals in Nevada and California.
“By working with Utilities Supply, APS enters the Caribbean market with products that meet the challenging environmental conditions there,” says Paul Barlock, senior vice president for APS America. “The innovative and highly reliable APS products are a great fit for Utilities Supply and its customers.”
Utilities Supply executives praised the chip-based architecture of APS microinverters that allows each unit to be easily programmed to suit any power grid profile. The Caribbean island grid includes a number of different technical standards, including British, Dutch, German, French and American, making inverter compatibility a key challenge for solar installers. Because they meet these varied technical demands, Utilities Supply will use and distribute APS microinverters exclusively.
“With APS we can program inverter to grid spec, not grid to inverter,” says Mario Fajardo, managing member for Utilities Supply. “That’s a huge advantage.”
Utilities Supply has already deployed APS microinverters in two solar installations on the island of Aruba in the Dutch Antilles, including one for N.V. Elmar, the island’s electrical provider. Five more APS-based installations are underway, three at a large hotel chain. Distribution of APS microinverter products is also beginning in Jamaica.