APsystems will share his view on the Solar Dutch market in “Doe Maar Duurzaam” on RTL-Z in March 2018. 

Over the past five years, solar energy has significantly grown in popularity. An estimated 600.000 homes are now equipped with solar panels.

Olivier Jacques, President EMEA & USA, Global Executive VP APsystems, will share his view on the Solar Dutch market in Doe Maar Duurzaam TV show on RTL-Z (Dutch TV)  in March 2018. 

Get the latest strategic insight from APsystems, the leading player in solar microinverter technology.

Save the date ! The show will be broadcast on  :

Sunday 11th March from 5.00 pm till 5.30 pm

Monday 12th March from 7.30 am till 8.00 am

Wednesday 14th March from 10.30 am till 11.00 am

Friday 16th March from 1.05 pm till 1.35 pm

Saturday 17th March from 4.30 pm till 5.00 pm

Doe Maar Duurzaam! (Do it more sustainably!) is a TV program aimed at informing the viewer about all kinds of aspects relating to durability and sustainability such as environment, building and living, energy, transportation and care.  In this journey through the world of sustainability the current innovations and initiatives within the industry will be revealed.

http://www.doemaarduurzaam.tv/

YC1000 Native 3-phase microinverter enables Cleaveland/Price to become energy independent with a 673kW solar array

 APsystems powers massive 3-phase array at Pennsylania’s Cleaveland/Price plant

When your customers are electrical utilities, you tend to think of power on a grand scale.

So no surprise the new solar array at Pennsylvania’s Cleaveland/Price switch manufacturing plant will take its place as one of the larger solar arrays on the local grid: 673kW.

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“We knew that the project would take a lot of manpower and planning. However, we also knew that Cleaveland/Price could engineer a system that was efficient enough to be energy friendly while saving costs on a regular basis. Our long-term goal is to produce 100 percent of our electrical energy consumption, using solar power at a substantially lower cost,” said Trish Conboy, Cleaveland/Price marketing director. “We will see success in being energy independent, while being environmentally friendly. Cleaveland/Price will be capable of manufacturing with substantially lower energy costs. This will result in sustained company growth and lower product costs to customers.”

Cleaveland/Price manufactures a range of high-voltage switch products for power utilities nationwide. The company’s sprawling manufacturing complex sits in a glade off forested Route 993 in Trafford, Penn., east of Pittsburgh.

The idea for solar came less than a year ago, Conboy said, when Cleaveland/Price realized solar power costs less than purchased power, regardless of Pittsburgh’s cloudy conditions.

“Most people in the Pittsburgh area assume that solar will not work,” she said. “The fact is, solar does work in Pittsburgh and can cost less than what utilities charge for power.”

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The first step was construction of a new standing-seam roof, covering most of the plant’s eight-building layout and providing the ideal platform for an expansive array.

Cleaveland/Price engineers designed the 2,245-module array themselves, and will handle the final electrical hookup. Local contractor Don Miller, Inc., was hired to complete the installation of modules and microinverters, which began in late September and should be completed by mid-autumn.

The array features Neo Solar Power 360W, 72-cell monocrystalline modules.

APsystems YC1000 microinverters were chosen for their true 3-phase power handling and multi-module design. Each unit will handle three modules, simplifying the installation.

Steve Cleaveland, company principal, said the APsystems units also offer low-voltage startup, an advantage over string systems and boosting solar harvest.

“It only takes 22V to start up the microinverter to produce AC, so it is ideal for Pittsburgh’s cloudy and low-light days,” he said.

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Cleaveland/Price’s engineering expertise also led to an innovative racking solution, with a combination of off-the-shelf and custom-fabricated parts.

Microinverters are installed on “bridge” brackets between two Power Wide Clamps, with modules connected using a power bolt in combination with a power clamp, both from Solar Connections International. Cleaveland/Price’s own CNC team fabricated the 748 connecting “bridge” brackets in-house.

When completed, the array’s first phase will power about 30 percent of the facility’s demand. The second phase will power the remaining demand, while the final phase will power the warehouse.

Thanks to Pennsylvania’s net-metering allowance, the array should allow Cleaveland/Price to “bank” power on weekends and evenings when the facility is closed.

“We designed or purchased all equipment,” Conboy said. “This resulted in a low-cost solar array, with a less than four-year return on investment. This includes the 30 percent first-year federal tax credit on renewable energy.”

LEADER IN HIGH-VOLTAGE SWITCHES
Cleaveland/Price has been serving the power utility industry since 1975, when founder Chuck Cleaveland started supplying parts for switches that had been discontinued by electrical giant Westinghouse.

Being engineers, the Cleaveland/Price team began improving on the original designs and manufacturing its own product line. Over time that led to a full portfolio of custom switches and components rated up to 345kV, for a variety of utility applications.

Their reputation for reliability has been a major factor fueling their growth. No matter where you live in the United States, you may well drive past a Cleaveland/Price product at some point during your day.

The Cleaveland/Price solar field will be among the larger grid-tied arrays on the local West Penn Power system. It will join other high-profile commercial solar arrays in a growing regional market.

A 1.9MW solar field developed by Crayola powers that company’s crayon factory in Easton, Penn., while Lincoln Financial Field, home to the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, boasts an 11,000-module, 3MW array. Among utility-scale projects, Community Energy’s 6MW Keystone installation in Lancaster County provides clean power for an estimated 950 homes.

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As a state, Pennsylvania has climbed five places to No. 19 in total solar capacity nationwide, thanks to the completion of 38.8MW worth of new projects in 2016, the Solar Energy Industries Association says. An estimated 568MW will be developed in Pennsylvania over the next five years, SEIA projects.

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Location: Trafford, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Capacity: 673kW
Modules: Neo Solar Power 360W, 72-cell monocrystalline
Number of modules: 2,245
Microinverters: APsystems YC1000 true 3-phase
No. of microinverters: 748
System designer: Cleaveland/Price
Installer: Don Miller, Inc.

APsystems announces major sponsorship of Extend The Day

APsystems, the global leader in advanced microinverter technology for the solar PV industry, today announced its commitment to Extend the Day, a charity organization which gives solar reading lights to school children in disadvantaged countries with no access to electricity.

APsystems will donate $1 to the nonprofit for every microinverter purchased up to the amount of the charity’s 2017 administrative expenses for its Lights for Learning program.

“APsystems is proud to partner with Extend the Day to bring light to these children’s lives.” said Dr. Zhi-min Ling, APsystems Global President & CEO. “We firmly believe in what Extend the Day is doing around the world and are committed to helping them continue to achieve measurable results with their Lights for Learning program.

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“This foundation commitment by APsystems is extraordinary,” said Extend the Day Executive Director Jo Lonseth. “It allows us to focus on expanding our reach and building on the successful projects we already have in Kenya, Nepal and Myanmar.  Success in life for children living in disadvantaged communities often comes down to whether or not they can continue their middle school education. These solar powered lights cost nothing to operate and make it possible for school children to do homework after dark, improve their grades, and stay in school.”

APsystems first learned about the impressive work that Extend the Day is doing when the non-profit asked APsystems for help in designing a more reliable, lightweight, and inexpensive solar powered light. As a world leader in the development of innovative solar power electronic solutions, APsystems was the right choice and eagerly worked with Extend the Day to develop the ideal solution.

For more information on Extend the Day:  extendtheday.org

Come and meet the APsystems team on stand 6F48 at the Bepositive show in Lyon, 8th-10th March 2017

Bringing together over 500 exhibitors and 30000 professional visitors working in renewable energies, sustainable buildings and technologies, Bepositive has become a real meeting place  for exchanges between solar installers, manufacturers, specifiers and more.

Bepositive is held every other year and is based  in Lyon, France, a dynamic economic region open to national and international business and where APsystems inaugurated its new EMEA office in 2016. Our APsystems European team is therefore delighted to welcome you on our stand, 6F48  where we will be showcasing our best seller duo YC500i microinverters, ideal to address the self-consumption dynamic in residential, as well as our YC1000, the 1st three-phase native microinverter connecting up to 4 PV modules.

 

 

 

Come & visit us to talk with our team and get the latest information on our product portfolio including new powerful innovations for 2017 that will be unveiled at the show.

 

Date: 8th-10th March 2017

Booth# : 6F48

Venue : Eurexpo exhibition center, Lyon, France

Bombard Renewable Energy, US Nevada, gets awarded over 500kWp of commercial solar projects with APsystems YC1000 microinverters

When the state of Nevada established a pilot program to bring solar power to marginalized communities, Bombard Renewable Energy delivered.The Las Vegas based Solar PV contractor completed a string of projects for prominent area nonprofit agencies, putting the power of solar to work for citizens and agencies not often served by renewable PV resources.“Nonprofit organizations are an overlooked segment of the commercial solar market, but that’s changing thanks to solar installation leaders like Bombard,” said Jason Higginson, senior director of marketing for APsystems USA. “We’re proud to see our microinverter products supporting the good work of so many worthy nonprofit agencies.”Bombard Renewable Energy is honored for a quintet of service-sector projects in the Las Vegas area, including:

  • HELP of Southern NevadaAn 81kW mix of rooftop arrays and solar carports supports an agency that assists families and individuals attain self-sufficiency through direct services, training and resource referrals.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Southern NevadaAn ambitious 242kW system provides nearly all the power needed for this facility, whose mission is to enable all young people to reach their full potential as caring, responsible citizens.
  • Las Vegas Rescue MissionRooftop arrays and solar carports totaling 125 kW support the mission complex that provides care, support and meals to the homeless and addicted population.
  • Veterans VillageA 48kW rooftop array powers an important regional center providing transitional and permanent housing for United States veterans in need.
  • Ronald McDonald House CharitiesThe 28kW shade structure supports the center’s mission of providing temporary housing for families who travel to Las Vegas to receive critical medical treatment for their children.

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The projects were built through Nevada’s Low Income Solar Energy Pilot Program, established by the state legislature several years ago to benefit low-income customers, including, without limitation, homeless shelters, low-income housing developments and schools with significant populations of low-income students.

Bombard Renewable Energy contracted with NV Energy for the engineering and construction of the projects, said Bo Balzar, Bombard Renewable Energy Division Manager.

Bombard chose APsystems’ YC1000 true 3-phase microinverters for the installations.

“Superior durability combined with a comprehensive warranty and exceptional design flexibility made APsystems the obvious choice for our projects,” Radford said. “APsystems is the only microinverter technology we found which supports both 60-cell modules at 240V and 72-cell modules at 208 and 480V 3-phase systems.”

APsystems upgrades EMA monitoring website with more data and improved interface

SEATTLE, JIAXING, LYON– APsystems today announced the launch of a new, redesigned version of its Energy Monitoring & Analysis (EMA) website APsystemsEMA.com.

The web-based platform, available for free on any connected devices, monitors and reports module-level energy production of solar arrays that utilize APsystems inverters and provides that information to homeowners and end users in a convenient and user-friendly format.ema-dashboard_view

The site also enables APsystems-registered solar installers and contractors to lower their maintenance costs by creating and managing their customers’ PV installations accounts remotely. Key features of the new EMA site include a more attractive design, a more engaging user experience with an enhanced system dashboard, system management tools and improved reporting functions.
The new EMA website is active and available now, the result of a seamless transition from the previous site to the new interface. The added functionality addresses the high demand for detailed data and enhanced capability in a more user-friendly experience for the growing and competitive solar industry.

“We are excited to re-launch our very popular EMA website.” said Wesley Tong, APsystems chief marketing officer.” The site already hosts tens of thousands of homeowners and end users all over the world who view their APsystems solar array performance online and through the APsystems EMA App. These new design improvements now give them an even more in-depth view of their system energy production, improved reporting and additional historical data in a clean, comprehensive and dynamic user interface.”

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Users can view their solar array performance using the same URL and log-in information as before at APsystemsEMA.com, through the APsystems EMA App or by visiting the APsystems website at APsystems.com and clicking “EMA Login” at the top right portion of the homepage.

 

This article is also available in French and Dutch.

New APsystems’ White Paper : Quality, Innovation and Bankability

Quality Management enabling MLPE Innovations to scale Globally while Driving Sustainable Profitability. 

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APsystems (Altenergy Power Systems) is a global leader in microinverter technology development & manufacturing serving the photovoltaic Industry.

In 2014 and 2015 APsystems ranked no.2 in global market share among microinverter suppliers in units shipped and is the world’s third largest vendor of Module Level Power Electronics (MLPEs) for the solar industry (source: GTM Research). The company has experienced steady growth every year since being founded in Silicon Valley in 2009 and has been profitable since 2012. APsystems is the largest microinverter supplier to China and Australia, and is no.2 in the US and the European regions, increasing its market share dramatically through a robust distribution network worldwide.

This paper describes the crucial aspects of quality control and management taken by APsystems to achieve industry leading standards and scaling its operations globally while improving its financial performance year on year.

Find out more by downloading  the full White Paper in English  here.

French version also available for download here .

 

New Live Technical Webinars

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APsystems acknowledges installer’s commitment to Solar Power and offers solar professionals the opportunity to improve their technical skills in order to stand out from competition. A full range of seminars and live webinars are available for our customers to register for free.

Each seminar or webinar is led by a dedicated APsystems product trainer in your local language.

Don’t miss the opportunity to discover a new range of Microinverters systems ideal for self-onsumption, residential or commercial solar arrays.

Go on APsystems training page here and register to the session that suits you most.

To view this news in French, click here.

To view this news in Dutch, click here.

APsystems launches all-in-one ArrayApp mobile solar installer tool

APsystems this week unveiled an all-new version of ArrayApp, its powerful installer mobile application.

ArrayApp is designed to streamline APsystems microinverter installations, letting installers complete the entire customer registration and microinverter array mapping process during or after the project installation.

New features include a highly intuitive graphical user interface, gateway connection and other enhancements.

The mobile app is available for both Apple iOS and Android devices.

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“Time is money for solar installers, and ArrayApp saves both,” said Jason Higginson, senior director of marketing for APsystems USA. “The newly redesigned ArrayApp mobile app is a powerful all-in-one tool for installers, and will satisfy the need to get solar arrays online quickly and efficiently.”

ArrayApp is a key feature of the industry-leading APsystems solar solution, which integrates advanced multi-module microinverters, the powerful Energy Communication Unit (ECU) Wi-Fi gateway, and the user-friendly Energy Monitoring & Analysis (EMA) online application.

ArrayApp streamlines an installation process that is already highly efficient and cost effective thanks to the APsystems microinverter line, which handle two or four modules per unit.

Using ArrayApp with their mobile device, the installer can quickly scan microinverter serial numbers and map the array for registration and system monitoring. The ArrayApp also has an ECU gateway sync feature which allows the installer to quickly and easily commission the gateway to ensure complete connectivity and performance before leaving the jobsite. The installer’s mobile device can also link by Bluetooth to a remote handheld scanner, if desired, for additional data input options.

APsystems ArrayApp is now available for download through the Apple App Store and Google Play. See www.APsystems.com for complete technical information.

APsystems’ Boiron to speak at Innov’ECO Solar forum, April 28, Paris

innov-logoMaxime Boiron, APsystems Senior Director of Marketing EMEA, will be among the featured speakers at Innov’ECO Solar forum,  April 28, in Paris.

Boiron will join panelists for “Revival of the PV Sector in France and Europe,” at 9:30 a.m. The panel discussion will be moderated by Jean-Louis Caffier, a veteran French journalist. Caffier also serves on Innovation Commission 2030, an initiative put together in 2013 by Mr. Hollande and his government.

Forum Innov’Eco offers half-day discussions and information/debate in the field of eco-innovation. This session will focus specifically on PV market dynamics and trends in France and Europe.

Meet the APsystems sales team during breakfast or lunch in our demonstration area, and find out more about our advanced solar microinverter line.

Register for free (ticket value 160€)  by entering “APSYSTEMS” as a promo code on the registration form. Click here.

Click here for the conference day agenda.