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[Youngstown, OH] Solar FlexRack, a division of Northern States Metals, has released its next-generation single-axis tracker, the TDP Turnkey Tracker. In addition to updated tracker technology, Solar FlexRack is bundling a full suite of design, installation, commissioning and support services with its tracker system. EPC firms can mitigate risk and expedite project completion by having Solar FlexRack handle array sizing and layout, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, foundation design, pull testing, project management, post driving, tracker installation, module mounting or commissioning activities. Solar FlexRack’s TDP Tracker System features small drive blocks, which can improve design flexibility and ground-coverage ratios. The system is designed around off-the-shelf parts that require no annual maintenance.

Solar FlexRack / 888.380.8138 / solarflexrack.com

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[Portage, IN] Fronius USA began manufacturing the Primo non-isolated string inverter line at its US facility in 2015. The Primo product family comprises nine single-phase models with rated power outputs ranging from 3.8 kW to 15 kW. Primo inverter features include two MPP trackers, onboard Wi-Fi for streamlined system commissioning and monitoring, and a recently introduced option for revenue-grade metering. The new option allows for ANSI-certified production metering at 2% accuracy with no additional hardware or labor required.

Fronius USA / 877.376.6487 / fronius-usa.com

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[Vancouver, WA] The next-generation Self-Grounding System from racking and mounting manufacturer SunModo offers a proprietary built-in grounding pin that is integral to each system component. The Self-Grounding System includes mid and end clamps for both portrait- and landscape-oriented arrays, as well as rail-to-rail splices and a grounding lug. All components provide PV system equipment grounding per UL 2703 and NEC Section 690.47. SunModo’s new system streamlines array installation and eliminates the need for integrators to order, stock and manage grounding hardware such as clips and straps on the job site.

SunModo / 360.844.0048 / sunmodo.com

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[San Jose, CA] SunPower’s recently announced Helix platform offers highly integrated solutions for commercial and industrial low-slope rooftop, carport and tracked PV systems. The Helix platform incorporates five major component groups: modules, mounting hardware, cable management, power stations and energy analytics. The ballasted Helix marine-grade aluminum dual-tilt and single-tilt rooftop mounting systems support snap-in-place module installation without tools. The Helix cable management system is based on premanufactured plug-and-play cabling and cable management components. The plug-and-play Helix Power Station includes 3-phase string inverters and mounts, an ac combiner, and dc branch and ac whips that eliminate all manual stripping and landing of conductors on the ac and dc sides of the inverter. SunPower’s EnergyLink software rounds out the Helix platform with high-resolution system monitoring and reporting that, for example, allows system operators to compare energy patterns and identify demand peaks across sites.

SunPower / 408.240.5500 / sunpower.com

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[Austin, TX] A Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory  has certified Ideal Power’s Grid-Resilient 125kW Power Conversion System to UL 1741, paving the way for its deployment in grid-connected, utility-interactive systems. Scalable for MW-plus energy storage applications, the Grid-Resilient 125kW Power Conversion System features microgrid-forming capabilities that enable backup power for critical loads in the event of grid failures. The product supports 3-phase 480 Vac, 60 Hz North American grid standards and 3-phase 400 Vac, 50 Hz applications found outside North America. AC output voltage and frequency are user-programmable via the unit’s Modbus interface, allowing customers worldwide to support both grid-tied and off-grid applications.

Ideal Power / 512.264.1542 / idealpower.com

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[San Luis Obispo, CA] AEE Solar is hosting its eighth annual Solar Dealer Conference from Sunday, January 17, through Tuesday, January 19, at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Resort in San Diego, California. The event offers more than 12 NABCEP-registered continuing education trainings, including introductory and advanced presentations by Bill Brooks on NEC requirements for PV systems. Vendor-specific technical presentations are scheduled, along with a solar products and services expo. The event features headline sponsors Outback Power, REC Group and SnapNrack. Registration is $375 per attendee.

AEE Solar / 800.777.6609 / aeesolar.com

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[Newtown, PA] Designed for 12 Vdc and 24 Vdc nominal battery-based systems, Morningstar’s recently released Prostar MPPT charge controller models offer programming options that support lithium and nickel-cadmium batteries, as well as flooded and VRLA lead-acid batteries. The new Prostar line includes two models: the 25 A PS-MPPT-25 (350 W continuous power output at 12 Vdc, 700 W at 24 Vdc) and the 40 A PS-MPPT-40 (550 W at 12 Vdc, 1,100 W at 24 Vdc). Both controllers have a maximum open-circuit voltage of 120 Vdc. The UL 1741–certified controllers feature four-stage charging and seven standard battery-charge profile settings as well as customization options. Optional accessories include an LCD meter, a ground-fault protection device, a remote temperature sensor and a wire box for conduit-ready installations.

Morningstar / 215.321.4457 / morningstarcorp.com

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[Williston, VT] AllEarth Solar has added the L20 Solar Tracker to its line of pole-mounted dual-axis trackers. The new model supports twenty 72-cell landscape-oriented modules. Designed for residential, commercial and industrial projects, the pre-engineered L20 is shipped on a single pallet that includes all tracker components. AllEarth Solar also supplies the system’s modules and string inverter, plus brackets and fasteners required for component mounting. Tracker features include GPS-based array tracking and a built-in anemometer used to signal the tracker to stow in high winds. The L20 has a 120-mph wind rating and a 10-year product warranty. AllEarth Solar will begin offering the L20 as a complete system package in January 2016.

AllEarth Solar / 802.872.9600 / allearthrenewables.com

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[San Jose, CA] Developed for deployment in jurisdictions that have adopted NEC 2014 and that are enforcing Article 690.12, Bentek’s Rapid Shutdown System (RSS) provides a Code-compliant means for disconnecting residential rooftop arrays. The RSS is comprised of the Rapid Shutdown Controller, which is installed at the building service entrance, and the Rapid Shutdown Module, which is installed at the array. The controller has an emergency PV shut-off button, indicator lights showing array connection status and a cover latch that technicians can use to lock out the system. The module is available in two- and three-series source-circuit options and has preinstalled input/output wire whips for plug-and-play installation. The RSS is compatible with both isolated and non-isolated string inverters. It has been tested for use with SMA America and ABB products.

Bentek / 866.505.0303 / bentek.com

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[Walnut Creek, CA] The Accessory Frame Bracket (AFB) from Quick Mount PV offers installers fast, on-the-ground installation of module-level power electronics (MLPE) directly to the module frame. The AFB is compatible with Quick Mount PV’s Quick Rack rail-free mounting system, as well as rail-based racking systems. It integrates with 33 mm, 35 mm and 40 mm module frames, and it provides a grounded connection between the MLPE component and the frame. It is listed to UL 2703 for use with SolarEdge P300, P320, P400, P405, P600 and P700 Power Optimizer models.

Quick Mount PV / 925.478.8269 / quickmountpv.com

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