Yaskawa Solectria Solar launched the new SOLECTRIA XGI 1,500 grid-support utility-interactive inverter with full compliance to UL1741SA, and a companion line of exclusive PV source circuit combiners. The flagship model is rated for 166 kW AC and has a true, measured peak efficiency above 99%.
Yaskawa Solectria told Solar Power World last November that the company has chosen to approach the 1,500-V market with only string inverters for ease of serviceability. It considers its 1,500-V central inverter a legacy product and isn’t recommending it for new systems.
Installers that purchase the XGI 1500 before December 31, 2019, will qualify for the full 30% federal solar tax credit and have the flexibility to deploy the XGI 1500 inverters on any project site.
The SOLECTRIA XGI 1,500 inverter is Made in the USA with global components, and will begin shipping this month from the Yaskawa America factory in Buffalo Grove, Illinois.
“The entire Solectria team has worked very hard to engineer the XGI 1,500 with the highest quality, state-of-the-art functionality, and market-leading efficiency and it’s tariff-free,” said Miles Russell, director of product management at Yaskawa Solectria Solar. “Our product roadmap begins anew with the XGI 1500; further exciting advancements on this platform are in the works.”
Russell said Solectria’s new inverter is a good fit for utility-scale projects 1 MW and up. He acknowledges some developers will still choose central inverters for larger projects, but thinks high-voltage string inverters will gain a foothold in time.
“I think it’s going to be a progression over time where we’ll see the string inverter and their flexibility winning out more and more,” Russell said. “It’s just a compelling concept for many to use a more flexible kind of approach.”
Installers can check out the XGI 1,500 inverter at Solar Power International in Salt Lake City this September.
“This is truly the best inverter we’ve ever made,” Russell said.
News item from Yaskawa Solectria Solar. Updated on June 14.