Solar Builder

SEP-OCT 2017

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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12 S E P T E M B E R / O C TO B E R 2 0 1 7 SCENE ON THE 1. JLM Energy launched a new energy storage product category called MicroStorage — a bat - tery pack that couples directly to a correspond- ing solar panel. JLM says the advantage of this Phazr's microstorage approach is a single solar panel can concurrently charge a battery and deliver energy to the grid. The simultaneous nature of electron flow is unique to JLM's pat - ent-pending technology. 4 COOL THINGS WE SAW AT INTERSOLAR 2. Nuance Energy has a new solution for ground- mounts, inspired by an old solution: anchoring. A hole is drilled and the anchor is driven down 40 in. into the soil and pulled by an uplift device. A natural ballasting occurs using the earth itself, much like how utility poles are installed. 3. I have no "on the scene" photo of this (it was the afternoon of Day 3 and I forgot — give me a break, already.) but the Smappee listens to every - thing in a home: What's turning on and off, how much standby power there is, how much PV is being generated and so on. Homeowners get deeper insight into their energy consumption, and solar installers get another touch point for customer follow ups and service. 4. This wall-mounted 100-kW SolarEdge inverter is a pre-wired system that looks like (and installs like) three string inverters, but is commissioned as one inverter. This enables reduced installation time and cost (installing 1 MW in half a day is possible), while adding smart energy management control.

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