SolarEdge Technologies Inc. has announced that Intertek, a provider of testing, inspection and certification services, confirmed that samples of SolarEdge inverters met the UL 1741 SA draft standard, which UL recently finalized and focuses on grid-support functions. According to SolarEdge, its single-phase smart inverters are ready to meet California’s Rule 21 and support 12 advanced inverter features.
Sunny Rai, vice president of renewable energy at Intertek, comments, “Intertek is proud to work with leading companies like SolarEdge to advance the PV industry through smart inverter functionality, which supports improved grid resiliency and enables more PV integration.”
SolarEdge says its inverters now offer advanced inverter functions to the mainland U.S. market and have already brought such functionality to markets such as Germany, Italy, England, Australia, Japan and Hawaii.
“With some of the highest PV penetration in the United States, Hawaii is increasingly looking to smart inverters for grid management solutions,” says Andy Hoke, research engineer at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). “To meet this growing challenge, NREL worked with SolarEdge to test their products as part of Hawaiian Electric’s advanced inverter testing program.”
By meeting the advanced inverter requirements, SolarEdge says its optimized inverters enable utilities to build in higher levels of PV solar generation. SolarEdge inverters that meet this requirement will be installed with the label of “Grid Support Utility Interactive Inverter” and will provide smart inverter features to residential PV system owners, the company adds.
“With PV inverters taking on an expanded role in energy management, they are continually acting as the solar energy system’s brain by controlling monitoring, storage, communications, and smart grid interactions,” states Lior Handelsman, SolarEdge’s vice president of marketing and product strategy. “Meeting this smart inverter requirement continues our leadership in developing next generation technology and in advancing PV system’s grid interaction to further the implementation and integration of solar energy.”