Solar Builder

SEP-OCT 2018

Solar Builder focuses on the installation/construction of solar PV systems. We cover the latest PV technology (modules, mounting, inverters, storage, BOS) and equip installers/contractors with tips and tools to make informed purchasing decisions.

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14 S E P T E M B E R / O C TO B E R 2 0 1 8 IN THE NEWS This came in after our SPI 2018 preview was all set, but was too big to leave out of the issue: Solar Power International will mark the debut of Residential Energy Storage Systems (ESS) from LG Electronics. LG says this new ESS features quick and easy installation, a compact design, a reliable and scalable battery and an integrated smart energy manage- ment system (EMS). The EMS enables customers to control their elec- tricity bill through self-consumption of solar and time of use rate smart scheduling, and it includes an off-grid mode in the event of a power outage. Two LG ESS models — an AC and DC coupled solution — will be available later this year. The 7.6-kW DC-coupled product allows home- owners to store excess solar energy to power their homes, while the 5-kW AC-coupled product offers a way to manage energy costs and provide backup power. The multi-string and MPPTs, optimized for multi-angled roofs, help the PCS/inverter achieve 97.5 percent CEC efficiency. The heart of the new system is a scalable battery that can be sized up to 19.6 kWh for a longer back-up time. Demonstrated for the first time in the United States at SPI booth 2638, the new LG ESS will be covered by a 10-year warranty. LG gets into energy storage The Panasonic Residential Solar Business Premium Installer program keeps on growing, with Sunlux and Solaroo Energy recently promoted to Premium level. "We are delighted to name both Sunlux and Solaroo Energy as the newest members of the Panasonic Premium Installer family, as both compa- nies boast years of excellent customer service in the California, Utah, Idaho and Colorado markets." said David Lopez, business development and regional sales manager, Solar Division, Panasonic Eco Solutions North America. Launched in the U.S. in 2016, the Panasonic Solar Premium Installer program provides value-added benefits and business opportunities to over 125 part- ners who meet Panasonic's high standard of excel- lence. In January 2015, Sunlux founders wanted to make solar energy just as easy as traditional electricity. Their strategy paid off quickly, and the company grew from nothing to 12 employees and $2.2 million in sales in just one year. After its first full year in business, Sunlux moved its headquarters into a brand-new building in Ontario, Calif., allowing them to become fully integrated with sales, design, engi- neering and installation under one roof. The Solaroo Energy team brings in a combined 60 years in the construction and solar industries. Solaroo Energy works with customers in Utah, Idaho and Colorado with exactly what they need as they make the move to solar technology. Panasonic adds two more premium installers Mission Solar Energy, a U.S. supplier of high- power solar modules, announced a new training collaboration with ImagineSolar, a solar training provider in sync with NABCEP job task analyses for the solar industry. Mission Solar Energy has committed to providing high-efficiency solar panels and technical materials needed to com- plete technical and sales training offered by ImagineSolar. In addition to providing product and training materials, Mission Solar Energy's team of engineering and sales experts will pro- vide educational sessions as needed. Training Day

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