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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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28 S E P T E M B E R / O C TO B E R 2 0 1 7 A t Intersolar 2017, the industry's new- est power couple made its engage- ment announcement: LG and Enphase have teamed up on an AC module. Known as LG's NeON 2 ACe, the new product combines LG's NeON 2 technology with Enphase's IQ6+ microinverter. "This changes the basic architecture of an install — the goal is to see the inverter go away and to go plug-and-play," LG noted at the press event. "This also makes warehousing easier by reducing part count." But wait, there is more. Also around Intersolar, Boviet Solar Technology finalized an agreement with SolarEdge Technologies to include SolarEdge power optimizers with its 60-cell mono smart solar modules. Boviet is just one example in a growing list of manufac- turers to setup such an arrangement with SolarEdge. "This new arrangement with SolarEdge gives our customers a single source for both solar panels and power optimizers, which means less equipment to stock and transport to the jobsite," says John Bereckis, presi- dent of the Boviet Solar USA Module Division. These are just the two most public announcements of MLPE and module marriages — putting faces on a trend that's been evolving the last few years, whether it is a power optimizer-embedded smart module, a micro- inverter-embedded AC module, or maybe just a souped-up junction box. Here are some reasons to con- sider an integrated module, MLPE solution: 1. Streamline purchasing and installation Solar installers commonly source their solar modules from one vendor and match solar power optimizers supplied by another. By bundling the power optimizer with the module, installers only have to work with a single MODULES & INTEGRATION AC and smart modules are on the rise. Here are four reasons why. By SB Staff The LG NeON 2 ACe debuts at Intersolar 2017.

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