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Vendor and Equipment Highlights

SOLAREDGE Technologies • Booth 3741

Thanks in large part to its strong position in the US residential market, SolarEdge achieved the third highest global revenues among PV inverter suppliers in 2016. Roughly one-third of US residential installations deploy the company’s dc optimizers and single-phase string inverters. At Intersolar North America, SolarEdge continued its tradition of innovation, unveiling the world’s first inverter-integrated electric vehicle charger. The SolarEdge HD-Wave inverter with EV charger is both a 7.6 kW high-efficiency, transformerless PV inverter and a Level 2 EV charger. Integrating these functionalities into a single unit provides some interesting benefits. First, a combination device conserves wall space and, more important, saves space in the main distribution panel, potentially eliminating the need for a costly service upgrade. Second, the device can use solar power to boost its EV charging capabilities from the grid. When pulling exclusively from the grid, the SolarEdge EV charger is rated for 7.6 kW (32 A at 240 Vac); with the solar boost mode, the charger is rated for 9.6 kW (40 A at 240 Vac), making it the most powerful Level 2 EV charger on the market. The inverter-integrated EV charger is fully compatible with SolarEdge’s monitoring platform. Customers can use a mobile phone app to schedule charging to take advantage of time-of-use rates or track PV production, EV charging and grid consumption. A built-in revenue meter is available as an option. SolarEdge also offers StorEdge, a residential solar-plus-storage platform, as well as an expanding suite of solutions for commercial applications.
SolarEdge Technologies / 510.498.3200 / solaredge.us

SOLARIA • Booth 1048

Founded in the early 2000s, Solaria is perhaps best known as the launching point for NEXTracker’s innovative tracker design. In response to the then-high price of silicon, Solaria designed its first series of modules as low-concentration devices for utility-scale power plants, which required a robust and cost-effective tracking system. When silicon prices declined dramatically, the company spun out NEXTracker and went back to the drawing board with its module designs. In 2016, Solaria released a suite of high-efficiency modules for rooftop and architectural applications. The PowerView, for example, is a series of customized architectural solutions for vertical and horizontal building facades that includes both insulated and uninsulated BIPV glass products. The company has designed its high-efficiency PowerXT modules for residential rooftops and commercial applications. The product design uses a patented cell-cutting process in combination with a ribbonless interconnection process that removes visual gaps between cells for improved aesthetics, and it connects substrings in parallel for improved shade tolerance. Solaria’s basic value proposition is that it can create reasonably high-performance modules (18.7%–19.3% efficient) at an affordable price by using standard crystalline silicon cells and advanced manufacturing processes. While US module manufacturing has suffered in recent years, the pending trade case has created uncertainty in the market that companies such as Solaria may be able to capitalize on.
Solaria / 510.270.2500 / solaria.com

SOLAR-LOG • Booth 2413

Monitoring more than 266,000 PV plants in over 106 countries, Solar-Log is a leading provider of inverter-agnostic residential and commercial PV monitoring solutions. At Intersolar North America, the company released its most sophisticated PV monitoring platform to date, the Solar-Log WEB Enerest. To accommodate the needs of different customer groups, the new portal is available in three service levels (M, L and XL) and price classes. The M version is a basic portal for end users who wish to monitor PV yield and energy consumption or compare the output of individual inverters. The more full-featured L version accommodates the needs of technically adept single-plant owners. The XL version is an advanced portal that allows installers and service providers to monitor an entire fleet of systems centrally. This premium version provides users with near–real time plant visualization tools and error messages. Operators can remotely configure Solar-Log devices, customize customer-facing portals and data access, log errors and assign them to specific team members. The platform integrates yield forecasting and compares expected to actual energy harvest to quickly identify underperforming plants. As the solar industry scales, remote monitoring platforms such as Solar-Log can enable project developers and O&M providers to identify and mitigate performance problems before customers are even aware of them.
Solar-Log / 203.702.7189 / solar-log-america.com

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