SolarWorld has announced it will unveil an integrated alternating-current (AC) solar panel at the Solar Power International trade show, which is taking place in Las Vegas next week. The company will debut the SolarWorld AC Module – available for purchase early next year – at its booth during the event.
SolarWorld developed the new AC module in concert with Enphase Energy Inc., a global energy technology company that is providing its sixth-generation micro-inverter technology for the new module. The company says that by integrating the micro-inverter and eliminating the need to install a centralized string inverter, the SolarWorld AC Module will do the following:
– Speed installations and simplify logistics, reducing installation labor costs and therefore system costs;
– Increase safety during installation and operation;
– Offer module-level optimization and therefore enhance power output;
– Meet NEC 2014 and 2017 690.12 rapid-shutdown requirements; and
– Enable in-field replacement and upgrade.
“In all cases, we strive to meet the needs of our installation partners and, in turn, their customers,” said Mukesh Dulani, U.S. president of SolarWorld. “We continuously aim to lead with innovations that lower system costs as well as enhance our product portfolio to provide maximum flexibility in meeting customer needs.”