Products & Equipment : Product Launches

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[Sacramento, CA] SolaTrim, a new pest and debris abatement system, protects conductors and module backsheets from damage while allowing airflow for array cooling. The barrier is manufactured from 0.025-inch 3003-H14 aluminum with diamond cut-out stamping and a low-visibility black polyester coating on the front side. To avoid potential issues with module manufacturers’ installation instructions and warranties, SolaTrim uses peel-and-stick acrylic foam tape rather than mechanical fasteners to provide permanent bonding to the outside edges of an array’s module frames. SolaTrim is available in 48-inch lengths that are 6.75 inches wide. The product carries a 20-year warranty.

SolaTrim / 916.292.8699 / solatrim.com

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[Brooklyn, NY] RayTray developed its modular conductor-management system to maximize wire protection and minimize construction cost in commercial low-slope rooftop solar projects. The Solar Wire Management System includes three nonmetallic rigid polyvinyl chloride (RPVC) polymer components (cap, tray and base) that have an F1 UV rating and require no grounding. The RayTray system is ETL listed to UL 870 for 1,000 Vdc PV installations. It is rated to hold up to thirty 10 AWG conductors and is listed for use with conductor sizes ranging from 12 AWG to 6 AWG. The cap and tray are available in 8-foot lengths that are 2.5 inches high by 7 inches wide; the support base comes in 6-inch segments. The individual components are cut to length in the field and joined with plastic rivets (McMaster-Carr part 90136A583 or similar). The maximum support interval is 4 feet, 3 inches. RayTray offers a 15-year warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.

RayTray / raytraysolar.com

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[Burnaby, Canada] Schneider Electric’s recently launched Conext Core XC-NA ES central inverters are designed for advanced battery-based energy storage applications. The series includes three models with maximum output power ratings of 540 kVA, 630 kVA and 680 kVA. The inverters are CSA listed to UL 1741 (including IEEE 1547) for 1,000 Vdc applications. The Conext Core XC-NA ES series’ response time makes it suitable for utility-scale energy storage applications such as ancillary services, renewable smoothing and firming, energy shifting, peak shaving and electricity rate optimization. It has a type 3R–rated enclosure for outdoor applications and can be provided as part of a pre-engineered skid-mounted solution (ES Skid).

Schneider Electric / solar.schneider-electric.com

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[Milwaukee, WI] HellermannTyton has added a new product line, Metal Solar Placards, to its suite of identification and cable management solutions for the solar industry. Metal Solar Placards are designed to meet NEC 2014 requirements while providing maximum durability. HellermannTyton uses a special process, originally developed for military and naval applications, to seal metallic particles under a clear anodized layer. Based on test results, Metal Solar Placards carry a 25-year rating, even in direct sunlight. HellermannTyton offers preprinted placards, as well as hand-writable placards that customers can fill in using an industrial paint pen, or engravable placards where they can engrave dark areas using standard engraving equipment. The company offers an optional Paint Shield to protect against graffiti or accidental painting over.

HellermannTyton / 800.537.1512 / hellermann.tyton.com / SPI booth 5701

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[Newtown, PA] Morningstar Corporation, a supplier of solar charge controllers and inverters, has released a new 600-volt TriStar MPPT 600V controller with an integral dc transfer switch. Unlike 150-volt–rated controllers, TriStar 600-volt charge controllers operate across the same input voltage range as most residential grid-direct inverters. By incorporating a 30-amp double-pole, double-throw transfer switch into the high-voltage controller, Morningstar provides integrators with a new option for retrofitting grid-direct PV systems with backup power. When the grid is available, the transfer switch is in the grid-on, controller-off position and passes PV power directly to an existing string inverter. When the grid goes down, the customer can use the transfer switch to direct PV power to a battery bank, which supports critical loads via a battery-based inverter. This dc-coupled retrofit requires a battery-based inverter with an automatic ac transfer switch to provide power to the new critical loads panel.

Morningstar / 215.321.4457 / morningstarcorp.com / SPI booth 328

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[San Jose, CA] Pegasus Solar, a provider of rooftop mounting systems, has released its inaugural product line, the LightSpeed Mount Residential. The railless system is compatible with modules with a 35mm or 40mm frame. LightSpeed Mount Residential consists of two aluminum components—flashing and a universal mounting assembly—and requires only a standard ½-inch socket to assemble the 5/16-inch stainless steel fasteners. The system accommodates portrait or landscape orientation, and features 1.5 inches of adjustability for array leveling. The maximum span between attachments is 6 feet. The platform achieves a Class A fire rating with Type 1 and Type 2 modules, and includes UL 2703–compliant integrated bonding. Pegasus Solar offers an optional wind deflector, which is not required for fire code compliance.

Pegasus Solar / 408.638.9655 / pegasussolar.com

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[Santa Clara, CA] HiQ Solar has added a 208-volt 3-phase model to its TrueString inverter family. Like HiQ’s original 8 kW–rated 480-volt TrueString inverter, the TrueString TS208-5k75 is packaged in a NEMA 6 enclosure and is intended for commercial rooftop applications. Integrators can rack- or ballast-mount TrueString inverters, in any orientation, within the array to comply with the rapid shutdown requirements in NEC 2014. Both models feature two plug-and-play PV source-circuit inputs—with a maximum voltage of 1,000 Vdc—that provide independent string-level monitoring and MPP tracking. The inverters are non-isolated for use with ungrounded PV power systems, do not use electrolytic capacitors, and provide dc arc-fault protection in accordance with NEC 690.11. The 208-volt model has a maximum power rating of 5.75 kW within a MPPT window of 290–650 Vdc; the full MPPT voltage range is 200–850 Vdc. Both models weigh in at 24 pounds.

HiQ Solar / 408.970.9580 / hiqsolar.com / SPI booth 6348

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[San Rafael, CA] SunLink has added the Large-Scale GMS Portrait to its family of large-scale ground-mount systems. Mounting modules in portrait rather than landscape allows for smaller table sizes, which you can more easily adapt to sites that have space constraints or steep or uneven terrain. The system is capable of following terrain up to a 20% grade, east to west, whether rolling or with a constant slope; accommodates ungraded sites; and offers generous on-site adjustability. Made up of seven components, the Large-Scale GMS Portrait is compatible with common foundation options and installs without requiring on-site drilling, cutting or welding. The platform is module agnostic, accommodating last-minute module change orders. It includes integrated bonding and wire management, as well as a convenient locating-hook feature that allows installers to slide modules into position, and then lock them to the purlins. SunLink offers engineering and project management support, as well as geotechnical, post driving and mechanical installation services.

SunLink / 415.925.9650 / sunlink.com / SPI booth 2522

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[Trenton, ME] RainWise, a manufacturer of professional-grade meteorological equipment, has augmented its PVmet family of solar monitoring solutions with the new PVmet-75 model. The aggressively priced, compact all-in-one unit includes RainWise’s silicon cell photo-diode–based pyranometer, as well as an ambient air temperature sensor and a back-of-module temperature sensor. The pyranometer has an accuracy of ±5%. It ships configured for measuring plane-of-array irradiance, but is field adjustable for measuring global irradiance. Both temperature sensors have an accuracy of ±0.3°C, and the platform accommodates a second back-of-module sensor as an option. Like other PVmet series products, the PVmet-75 has a Modbus RS-485 output and is compatible with the SunSpec Alliance’s bankable data and interoperability standards.

RainWise / 800.762.5723 / rainwise.com / SPI booth 7136

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[Sebastopol, CA] Solmetric developed its PVA-1000S I-V curve tracer to assist integrators with array commissioning, troubleshooting, O&M and auditing activities. The 1,000 Vdc I-V curve tracer has a standard current rating of 20 A; a 30 A model is also available. The PVA-1000S includes Solmetric’s SolSensor wireless PV reference sensor and can capture either 100 or 500 trace points per curve measurement. The recently announced version 3.7 software update includes custom array tree labeling for flexible array mapping, support for tracked arrays, and city lookup for latitude and longitude. Download the free update at solmetric.com/downloads-pva.html.

Solmetric / 877.263.5026 / solmetric.com

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