SunPower Corp. has formed a special interest group (SIG) with distributed power control systems (DPCS) manufacturers SolarBridge Technologies and Tigo Energy. The SIG aims to set protocols within the solar sector to help lower total system costs.
Members of this new SIG will create and drive standards between the rapidly evolving DPCS field, which includes DC/AC micro-inverters and DC/DC system optimizers, and module manufacturers. In addition, the group will establish a common industry platform for advanced electronics integration, including a plug-and-play criterion for mechanical connections and communications protocols between the solar panels and distributed control systems.
A compatibility road map and implementation plan that addresses existing complexities, such as lowering costs and ease of field serviceability, will also be developed.
SOURCE: SunPower Corp.