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[San Francisco] The ongoing development of the National Solar Permitting Database (solarpermit.org) is supported by a $3M grant from the US Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative. The free online database allows individuals to search quickly for specific permitting requirements for jurisdictions across the country. The database enables direct input from integrators and jurisdiction representatives to increase the number of jurisdictions covered and the validity of the information presented. The potential time savings and associated economic benefits for both integrators and jurisdictions are motivating a wide range of entities to participate with Clean Power Finance in database development. Several national integrators were already participating in populating the database when Clean Power launched the beta version at the Solar Power International conference in September.

Clean Power Finance / 866.525.2123 / cleanpowerfinance.com

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[Portland, OR] A recently released product from DECK Monitoring provides PV plant owners and operators with the ability to establish highquality array performance baselines. The SolarAnywhere SystemCheck integrates DECK’s existing software platform with site-specific satellite irradiance and predictive modeling data supplied by Clean Power Research. Users input system parameters such as modules, inverters and array azimuth values. The software utilizes NOAA GOES satellite imagery, with hourly granularity and resolution up to 1 kilometer, to calculate simulated performance estimations. The results are reported via the DECK software administration panel, providing plant operators the ability to chart predicted versus actual performance. In turn, this baseline data can be used to effectively manage O&M requirements for the system.

DECK Monitoring / 503.224.5546 / deckmonitoring.com

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[Eugene, OR] DECK is a new entry to the third-party monitoring field offering a competitively priced product that is optimized for end users, integrators and project developers alike. The base level package includes revenue grade energy monitoring; customizable Flash based Web views; graphing; and an administration panel that includes at-a-glance system overviews, Google map site integration, alarms and data analysis views. Collected data is available for download for additional analysis. Load, environmental and string level monitoring, and touch screen kiosk add-ons are available. DECK reports minimal lead times of two to three weeks from receipt of purchase order to hardware delivery at the job site.

DECK Monitoring / 541.343.1233 / deckmonitoring.com

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[Tulsa, OK, and Albuquerque, NM] After introducing its Solar Park Mounting System in 2009, specialty tool and fastening system manufacturer Hilti has significantly increased its presence in the North American photovoltaic market with its recent acquisition of well-established PV racking manufacturer Unirac. Hilti currently employs approximately 20,000 people in more than 120 countries. The deal ensures that Hilti will gain a significant share of the PV mounting business in the US, and that Unirac will extend its reach through Hilti’s global presence. Unirac will continue to be based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and to operate under its existing name and management.

Hilti North America / 866.445.8827 / us.hilti.com
Unirac / 505.242.6411 / unirac.com

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[Rocklin, CA] SMA Solar Technology selected Denver, Colorado, as the site of its first international production facility. To meet growing demand in the North American market, the plant will produce the Sunny Boy, Sunny Central and Sunny Island product lines. SMA claims the facility will be the largest inverter manufacturing plant in the US, with annual production estimated at 1 GW initially and plans for future expansion. Production is scheduled to begin mid 2010 and will create 300 jobs. In addition, SMA has released its seventh and highest-power offering in its US string inverter line, the SB 8000US. The inverter has an MPP range of 300–480 Vdc, a 10 kW max input, and a CEC-weighted efficiency of 96%. Integrated into the Sunny Tower, six SB 8000US units create a 48 kW stand-alone building block for larger projects. Slated for early Q1 2010 release, the SB 8000US is certified to UL 1741 and IEEE 1547, is CEC eligible and comes with a standard 10-year warranty.

SMA Solar Technology / 916.625.0870 / sma-america.com

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[Concord, CA] Three new products from Quick Mount PV provide additional solutions for both pitched residential and commercial roofs. The New Roof Composition Mount is designed to be installed before the roofing material. It uses a post standoff and flashing that is installed by a roofing contractor as part of the overall roof installation, allowing the roofer to seal all the posts. The Universal Tile Mount is a similar product for use on existing or new tile roofs. This doubleflashed option replaces the existing Curved Tile Mount. The Low Slope Mount can integrate into existing or new single-ply membrane and built-up asphalt commercial roofs. All three products utilize the company’s new Qbase for the roof attachment points. The aluminum-cast base holds standoffs as tall as 9 inches, while attaching to the roofing substrate or structure with either two or four attachments.

Quick Mount PV / 925.687.6686 / quickmountpv.com

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[Atlanta, GA] Renusol America released the CS60 ballasted PV mounting system for the North American market. The UV-resistant high molecular weight polyethylene (HMWPE) base was developed from mount designs that have been used by Renusol’s parent company since 1996. The solution employs a single base unit for each module, is compatible with commonly available framed PV modules and accepts standard ballast blocks. Roof mats are not required to protect the roofing material, and the mount’s nonconductive HMWPE material requires no equipment grounding. Modules are mounted in landscape orientation at a fixed 15° tilt angle. The CS60 system incorporates wire management channels for conductor routing and protection. The ballasted product has been tested in accordance to ASCE 7-05 for wind speeds up to 150 mph and is covered by a 10-year warranty from Renusol America. Optional roof anchors are available.

Renusol America / 877.847.8919 / renusolamerica.com

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[Tucson, AZ] Schletter has teamed up with STOHER+SAUER, a German CAD application shop, to distribute Helios 3D, a software package for planning and developing large commercial and utility-scale roofand ground-mounted PV systems. STOHER+SAUER’s Helios 3D is a two-part system that includes server-based database management and an AutoCAD-based drafting interface. The database is designed to manage information such as racks, modules, array support posts, bills of materials and post location coordinates. A shared SGL server installation allows multiple users to access and update database information. Integrated design tools facilitate tasks such as rack placement; shadow object placement and calculation; row numbering; terrain analysis; and specifications for row distance, access roads and equipment staging areas. Helios 3D is used in conjunction with AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 or 2012. Schletter recommends that users have a basic understanding of AutoCAD Civil 3D fundamentals before using Helios 3D. Schletter offers Helios 3D training and a variety of pricing and licensing options.

Schletter / 520.289.8700 / schletter.us

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[Petaluma, CA] Enphase Energy has a solution for your shading, orientation and module mismatch problems: maximum power point tracking for every module. The Enphase Microinverter has a CEC weighted efficiency of 94.5% and is rated at 175 watts of continuous output power. Sixteen inverters can be paralleled on each 15 A, 208 V or 240 V branch circuit. As of late summer, the microinverter is confirmed compatible with more than 115 common PV modules. It mounts to standard racking systems, centered below every module, and circuits are completed using a custom six-pin ac wiring harness. The Enphase M-175-24-240-S enclosure is NEMA 6P rated, designed to dissipate heat and be easily grounded. The system also comes with a proprietary power line data monitoring solution. Not only does the Enphase Microinverter track the maximum power point of every module, but it also logs and analyzes performance data for each module using the Enphase Enlighten Web-based data acquisition system.

Enphase Energy / 877.797.4743 / enphaseenergy.com

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[Harvey, IL] To streamline engineering analysis and product delivery, Unistrut Energy Solutions has developed cost-effective racking solutions that meet the dead and live load requirements for 75% to 80% of all commercial PV applications. This allows contractors to define racking costs without waiting for engineering analysis. Unistrut can modify the preengineered solution to meet any site-specific requirement. Options include attached or ballasted designs for rooftop or ground mounting of modules in portrait or landscape orientation. The racking solutions incorporate standard products known throughout the electrical industry from Unistrut and Allied Tube & Conduit.

Unistrut Energy Solutions / 877.336.4332 / unistrutenergy.com

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