Solar Builder

MAR-APR 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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18 M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 8 BOS NEW IN Now Available Some of your favorite inverters will be appearing in new places in 2018 Panasonic teams with Enphase on AC module Panasonic Corp. of North America keeps growing its portfolio of options for residential installers. The company is partnering with Enphase Energy Inc. on a new high efficiency AC module that will be made available to distributors starting May 2018. The product will be a combination of Panasonic's N Series HIT module (N325/N330) with the new Enphase IQ 7X microinverter. The Panasonic HIT module is known for a high power output and greater energy yields because of its temperature coefficient of -0.258 percent / ⁰C. Panasonic says its solar modules keep at least 90.76 percent of their initial power output even after 25 years of use. "The N series PV Modules are manufactured for peak performance, making them an ideal partner for the Enphase IQ 7X Microinverter," said Mukesh Sethi, group manager of Panasonic Residential Solar. "With a unique heterojunction technology and advanced bifacial cells, these high-efficiency panels offer homeowners state-of-the-art features and maximum solar production." As part of Enphase's seventh-generation microinverter platform, the IQ 7X Micro will sup- port 96-cell PV modules up to 400 W with peak AC output power of 320 W and a maximum power point (MPP) tracking range of 53-64 V. When combined with the Enphase Envoy Gateway, AC Combiner 2.0 with built-in revenue grade meter (RGM) and disconnects, the Panasonic-Enphase ACMs will provide an advanced PV system to homeowners and quick installation time for integrators and installers. Sunnova adds APsystems APsystems is listed on Sunnova's 2018 Approved Vendor List and is now an option in their system solution platform. Sunnova offers an array of solar lease, lease-to-own and power-purchase options for customers all across the United States. "Our goal is to offer our customers a brilliant choice for energizing their lives," said John Santo Salvo, SVP of channel operations and chief procurement officer at Sunnova. "We believe APsystems' advanced microinverter offering is an ideal addition to our customer-empowering portfolio of solar solutions." Sunrun adds SMA inverters SMA America has officially entered into a purchase agreement with Sunrun, one of the top residential solar installers in the industry, to be a key supplier for its residential PV solutions. SMA will supply Sunrun with Sunny Boy-US inverters, SMA's Power+ Solution and Sunny Boy Storage-US inverters as one of several preferred inverter ven- dors. "Residential solar and storage will increasingly become a key contributor to America's future energy system. As households adopt our Brightbox home battery service, we want to ensure they are enabled with the industry-leading and smart tech- nology," said Lynn Jurich, Sunrun CEO and co-founder. "Sunrun selected SMA as a key supplier because of its long history of reliable and high-quality products, as well as the company's ongoing pursuit of the best and most advanced inverter technology."

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