AET Mounting System Selected For N.C. Solar Project

Swinerton Renewable Energy has selected the Rayport-G ECO mounting system from Applied Energy Technologies (AET), a supplier of commercial and utility-scale racking systems, for a 30 MW project in North Carolina.

AET says it had to provide extensive custom engineering support for this project seeing as the site had a flood plain height varying from two feet to six feet. The company performed a detailed analysis to determine final post lengths and post sizes required to maintain a leading edge height that was above the required flood plain height.

According to AET, the Rayport-G ECO has been engineered to withstand challenging environments while also being light and compact enough to reduce freight costs and enable easier handling.

AET delivered materials over a six-week period in order to meet Swinerton’s timeline.


Panasonic Brings HIT Product Range To North America

Panasonic Eco Solutions Co. says its high-efficiency HIT PV module product range is now available in the North American residential market. The company has also introduced its extended product warranty.

“North America is one of the fastest-growing markets for renewable energy in the world, and solar is expected to drive a significant percentage of that growth over the next several years,” says Dan Silver, president of Panasonic’s North American division.

The following are some features and advantages of Panasonic’s HIT product:


Strata Solar To Use skytron Technology On 1.4 GW Of Projects

skytron and Strata Solar have joined together to provide skytron’s monitoring and control solutions to nearly 200 U.S. solar PV projects, including both retrofits and newly built plants, by mid-2016.

The projects, which will range in capacity from 1 MW to 80 MW, will total more than 1.4 GW.

Previously, Strata Solar had equipped 535 MW of its projects with skytron’s PVGuard supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) software. Strata Solar now plans to equip another 165 MW of plants with the PVGuard and its skylog data logger system.

“skytron energy’s monitoring and supervision technology enables us to have the entire plant portfolio and all relevant plant data available at all times on a single software platform, increasing the efficiency of our plant supervision,” says Markus Wilhelm, Strata Solar’s CEO.

“Our initial goal was to optimize our existing plants, which we successfully managed with the support of skytron energy’s SCADA system. We will now continue to integrate the system into our rapidly expanding portfolio of new plants and offer it to our partners as part of our developing O&M service portfolio,” Wilhelm adds.


Upland Selling MiaSolé FLEX Modules

Upland Corp., a building materials solutions provider for the commercial construction industry, has agreed to sell and market FLEX solar modules from MiaSolé, a thin-film PV module manufacturer, in New Mexico and El Paso, Texas.

According to the manufacturer, MiaSolé FLEX modules have an efficiency rating of +16% and bond directly to the roof surface with a simple peel-and-stick adhesive.

The FLEX-02 Series module is available in two formats: the FLEX-02W and the FLEX-02N. The former is measured at 39.3" by 102.3", rated at 360 W, and designed for low-slope commercial single-ply roof systems. The latter is measured at 14.6" by 102.3", rated at 120 W, and designed for standing-seam metal roofs. The FLEX-02 Series module is certified to IEC 61646, IEC 61730 and UL 1703 standards.

MiaSolé says additional benefits include the module’s low weight and aesthetically pleasing look that preserves the roof’s original appearance. Furthermore, because there are no penetrations, there is no risk of leakage or damage to the contents inside the building, the company adds.


NX Horizon Tracker Attains UL 3703 Certification

San Francisco-based NEXTracker, a Flex company, says that its NX Horizon Self-Powered Tracker is now certified to UL 3703 standards, which address solar tracking system functions regarding risk of electric shock and mechanical and fire hazards.

NEXTracker’s UL 3703 certification includes grounding through existing structural components without additional dedicated grounding components, such as braids, straps or grounding washers. The tracker was subjected to rigorous humidity and temperature cycling tests, rain tests, and safety testing for the electromechanical systems involved in the self-powered controller.

The certification also covers NX Horizon’s maximum system voltage of 1,500 V.

The company says that the UL 3703 certification allows county building inspectors and other authorities having jurisdiction to speed up third-party evaluation processes, enabling faster commissioning for utility-scale solar projects.


Chinese Solar Plant To Install Despatch’s Safire Firing Furnaces

Despatch Industries has received an order for several Safire firing furnaces to be used in a 2 GW expansion of manufacturing capacity for LERRI Solar Technology, a manufacturer of high-efficiency monocrystalline cells and modules in Xi’an, Shaanxi, China.

The Safire firing furnace features dual, independent chambers with no lane-to-lane influences and utilizes PowerLock technology, which suppresses light-induced degradation on passivated emitter and rear cells (PERC) from 3%-6% down to approximately 1%. The company says this design ensures the greatest degree of firing repeatability and capability for cell efficiency optimization in a high-capacity platform.

“LERRI Solar needed a dual-lane firing furnace capable of processing highly efficient PERC cells,” says Lene Li, solar sales manager for Despatch Industries. “The Safire, with independent control of each lane and Microzone profile flexibility, proved to be the best solution for them.”


SMA Releases Improved Sunny Boy Model For Residential Inverter Line

SMA says it has redesigned its Sunny Boy inverter line to offer simplified installation, enhanced features and secure power supply functionality. The company adds the UL-listed Sunny Boy 5.0-US/6.0-US, which interfaces directly with a smartphone, tablet or notebook, was developed specifically to meet the needs of the North American residential PV market.

With this new model, SMA says it can now provide a residential inverter with complete grid-management capabilities, creating a utility-compliant solution for customers operating in any market, including Hawaii and California. It also delivers flexible system design and shade mitigation, so it can be utilized for a variety of applications, including on-grid and off-grid systems and hundreds of different stringing configurations, SMA adds.

Its secure power supply feature now provides up to 2,000 W of opportunity power, enabling the operation of larger electrical loads and increasing its value to homeowners in the event of a grid outage.

“This new line of Sunny Boy inverters delivers cost savings to PV professionals while providing end users with enhanced features that maximize power production throughout the life of the system,” says Marko Wittich, SMA’s executive vice president of sales for the Americas region.

According to SMA, this platform provides improved monitoring via Sunny Portal for centralized system management and is also compatible with SMA’s installation assistant, which reduces time and labor spent in the field. Enhanced AFCI functionality offers greater sensitivity for identifying arcs as well as more accurate detection to reduce false tripping.

The Sunny Boy 5.0-US/6.0-US is now available through SMA’s North American distribution program.


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