APsystems at All Energy Australia 2016

screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-8-15-20-pmAll Energy Australia is Australia’s biggest solar energy industry exhibition and attracts the world’s top solar energy manufacturers, technologies and products.

Join APsystems at our enhanced, interactive booth 1116, where we’ll bring you our latest products, the YC550 and YC1200 microinverters, and the Energy Communication Unit ECU-C gateway.

The flagship APsystems YC550 is a grid-tied microinverter with intelligent network and monitoring to ensure maximum efficiency. YC550 offers independent MPPT with maximum continuous output to 550W.

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The new YC1200 offers balanced 3-phase output, handling up to four modules independently with maximum continuous output to 1200W. Fewer inverters and faster installation means real cost saving for residential and commercial customers.

The ECU-C is specially designed for commercial systems energy control. Besides the powerful monitoring functions, it includes built-in wifi and anti-backflow control functions.

We’ll have the full line of APsystems advanced microinverters on display, including the powerful YC1000, YC500, EMA App, and the ArrayApp all-in-one

screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-8-15-43-pmAll Energy Australia 2016!
Date: 4-5 October
Booth#:1116
Venue: Melbourne Convention& Exhibition Center, 2 Clarendon St. Southbank VIC 3006 Melbourne, Auatralia

Big News Australia & New Zealand: Another Fantastic A+ Rewards Offer from APsystems!

Dear Valued Australian & New Zealand Installer,

The unbelievable A+ Rewards program from APsystems is now better than ever! We’re proud to offer this incredible promotion to our Australian& New Zealand installers.

Free-YC500-20160812For every 15 YC500 microinverters purchased from an APsystems participating distribution partner in Australia or New Zealand, you will receive two YC500 microinverters absolutely free!
That’s right: Now through September 19, 2016, that’s 2 industry-leading YC500 microinverters for every 15 you buy. The two free units will be sent with your order.

Please refer to the full terms and conditions (below) of this A+ Rewards Program. Units sold during this promotion as well as complimentary units are not eligible for return (except in the case of standard RMA requirements such as manufacturer defect, malfunction or other issues as outlined in the APsystems YC500 warranty.)

Place your order with an APsystems participating distributor today for prompt fulfillment!

– APsystems Team

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TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Eligibility
The A+ Rewards Program is valid from August 20 to September 19, 2016. The offer is open to installers in Australia and New Zealand who purchase APsystems YC500 microinverters through participating distribution partners with which an A+ Rewards Program Distributor Participation Agreement is in place, and who purchase APsystems YC500 microinverters (YC250 microinverters are not eligible for this promotion). Purchases and complimentary products cannot be returned or exchanged. Participating Distributor partners who are also installers do not qualify to receive rebates under this program.

Specification
Once you place an order for 15 or more YC500 microinverters, you can request 2 free YC500 microinverters from the distributor. The distributor will send you the free YC500 microinverters with your order.

The minimum order for this program is 15 YC500 microinverters, and 15 microinverters are considered as a unit to calculate the number of free microinverters under the rebate. For example, an order of 29 microinverters would only qualify for two free YC500 microinverters; an order of 30 microinverters would qualify for four free microinverters.

The number of free YC500 microinverters under the rebate is based on each individual order, and the purchase quantities of different orders cannot be cumulative. For example, 2 separate orders of 10 YC500 microinverters would not qualify for free YC500 microinverter; but 1 order of 20 microinverters would qualify for 2 free microinverters.

Any questions on the promotion policy should be directed to your participating APsystems distributor.

APsystems Reservation of Rights
All rights reserved. APsystems reserves the rights to disqualify participants at any time and at its sole discretion. By participating in the offer, installers agree to be bound by these terms and conditions and the decisions of APsystems, which are final and binding, including any decisions concerning any violation or non-satisfaction of these terms and conditions. The installer shall have no right to receive free microinverter under this promotion unless the installer first fulfills all requirements of this promotion.

©2016 APsystems Australia. APsystems and the APsystems logo are trademarks of APsystems.

Big News Australia/New Zealand: the A+ Rewards Program is Coming to you!

Dear Valued Australian & New Zealand Installer,

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There’s never been a better time to bring APsystems microinverters to your customers, and we’re glad offer this incredible promotion to our Australian installers.

For every nine YC500 microinverters that you purchase from an APsystems participating Distribution Partner, you can receive one YC500 for free.

That’s right: Every nine APsystems YC500 microinverters you purchase from one of APsystems’ participating  distributors through August  19, 2016, will earn you a free YC500. The free devices will be sent to you with your order.

Place your order with an APsystems participating  distributor today for prompt fulfillment!

Please refer to the full terms and conditions (below) of this A+ Rewards Program.

– APsystems Team

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Eligibility

The A+ Rewards Program is valid from June 20 to August 19, 2016. The offer is open to installers in Australia and New Zealand who purchase APsystems YC500 microinverters through participating distribution partners with which an A+ Rewards Program Distributor Participation Agreement is in place, and who purchase APsystems YC500 microinverters (YC250 microinverters are not eligible for this promotion). Participating Distributor partners who are also installers do not qualify to receive rebates under this program.

Specification

Once you place an order for 9 or more YC500 microinverters, you can request a free YC500 microinverter from the distributor. The distributor will send you the free YC500 microinverter with your order.

The minimum order for this program is 9 YC500 microinverters, and 9 microinverters are considered as a unit to calculate the number of free microinverters under the rebate. For example, an order of 26 microinverters would only qualify for two free YC500 microinverters; an order of 27 microinverters would qualify for a third free unit.

The number of free YC500 microinverters under the rebate is based on each individual order, and the purchase quantities of different orders cannot be cumulative. For example, 2 separate orders of 15 YC500 microinverters would each qualify for 1 free YC500 microinverter, or two total; but 1 order of 30 microinverters would qualify for 3 free microinverters.

Any questions on the promotion policy should be directed to your participating APsystems distributor.

APsystems Reservation of Rights

All rights reserved. APsystems reserves the rights to disqualify participants at any time and at its sole discretion. By participating in the offer, installers agree to be bound by these terms and conditions and the decisions of APsystems, which are final and binding, including any decisions concerning any violation or non-satisfaction of these terms and conditions. The installer shall have no right to receive free microinverter under this promotion unless the installer first fulfills all requirements of this promotion.

©2016 APsystems Australia. APsystems and the APsystems logo are trademarks of APsystems.

Join APsystems at SNEC 2016 in Shanghai, May 24

APsystems will be a featured exhibitor and presenter at the upcoming SNEC 2016, May 24-26 in Shanghai, China.

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SNEC is an ideal platform for PV companies to share their products and services, as the event draws technology leaders from across the global industry to spark ideas and innovation. Distributors, installers and manufacturers can keep on top of the latest policies and issues impacting the international renewable production and storage markets.

See the APsystems microinverter line and new products at booth E5-210.

A press conference will be held at our booth to formally announce new product releases and share the APsystems development path. A microinverter installation demonstration and competition will also be held, with the winner receiving a free microinverter.

More activities and giveaways will be offered throughout the event.

Join APsystems at Booth E5-210 on 24~26 May at SNEC 2016.

Venue: Shanghai New International Expo Centre, 2345 Longyang Road, Pudong, Shanghai, 201204, P.R.C.

We look forward to sharing this special event with you!

 

 

Olivier Jacques to lead APsystems Europe, Middle East and Africa operations

Olivier Jacques has joined APsystems as Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa. He is based in the APsystems branch in Lyon, France. The company also maintains a European office in Netherlands.

Jacques brings more than 20 years of experience in construction, industrial and high-tech industries. Prior to joining APsystems, he served as Managing Director EMEA for Enphase Energy. There, he developed the microinverter market in Europe from scratch, achieving leading share positions in key European solar regions.

7285e9b5-5431-4cdc-9d18-74b6c5fc9714“European, Middle Eastern and African solar market opportunities open up to APsystems with the addition of Olivier Jacques,” said Dr. Zhi-Min Ling, APsystems co-founder, CEO and president, global operations. “His solar industry leadership in these key territories is unmatched, and enhances our position as a global leader in renewable energy technologies.”

APsystems ranked no. 2 in global market share among microinverter suppliers by shipments in 2014 (source: GTM Research, Smart and AC PV Modules 2015 – 2020).

“I am very excited to join APsystems in such a key development phase globally,” Jacques said. “The company is now increasing its presence in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and I am absolutely convinced that AP systems’ portfolio strategy will bring outstanding value to solar professionals in these regions, especially given the current energy management market trends dynamic.”

Jacques previously served as Managing Director for several international companies including Norgren (IMI group), a leading industrial automation and fluid control company, where he spurred growth despite an economic recession.

As Managing Director and HVAC-R Southern Europe Director at Danfoss Drives, he increased revenues, created sales channels, launched a new product platform and repositioned the company as a value-added solutions provider.

He has also held senior executive positions of Sales & Marketing and Managing Director at major companies ranging from WATTS Industries (fluid control and HVAC), Schlumberger (water, gas and thermal energy) and Samsung Electronics (launching of the HVAC business).

Since its founding in Silicon Valley in 2009, APsystems has become an industry leader through innovative solar products including dual-module microinverters and the first true 3-phase, four-module unit.

5 Reasons a String Inverter Won’t Cut It.

Microinverters or string? PV system designers fall into two camps, some favoring big inverters and others moving toward the powerful little boxes that meet each module where the real action is: on the roof.

Knowing the limitations of string inverters may tell you just why the Module Level Power Electronics segment – microinverters – is on the rise.

 

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Not made in the shade:
A PV array only works as well as the lowest-performing module. That means intermittent shading from trees, flagpoles – even fallen leaves – can cripple a string of modules as even minor shadows pass across the array throughout the day.

By offering independent, module-level inversion, a microinverter installation can outperform a conventional string array by up 20 percent. You’ll get the most out of every module, every hour of the day.

 

Want to add modules? Too bad:
A string inverter that’s right-sized for an array today may be too small if you want to add more modules tomorrow. That means buying a bigger inverter, too. Ouch.

Microinverters are the forward-thinking choice, letting you add on to your array at any time, easily and cost effectively.

 

Better value in the long run:
Startup costs of a string system might be lower on a per-watt basis, but what you save up front, you’ll lose over time in lower performance.

The key metric of Levelized Cost of Energy – that is, system cost measured over its lifetime – favors microinverters. The microinverters start generating power at lower light levels than string inverters, so the power curve raises and peaks earlier in the day and extends further into the afternoon and evening.

Thanks to module-level inversion at these lower light levels, microinverters enjoy a superior output and higher rate of energy production.

 

Don’t forget safety:
Every module in a string adds more to the DC current flowing across the rooftop – quite a volt load by the time it reaches a inverter, up to 1,000 volts DC. Not very safe for installers or emergency responders who may have to cross the roof.

Microinverters take the jolts out of the volts. Module-level inversion means only low-voltage DC in each circuit, keeping you safe over the life of the system.

 

Module-level power is the future:
String inverters still have their niche, but module-level power inversion is tomorrow’s technology today. A leading analytics firm recently noted that sales of microinverters and related products should top 2 gigwatts by year’s end, and predicts the microinverters’ share of the larger MLPE market could triple by 2018.

That’s a product with a bright future.

Still not convinced? Hear what solar professionals have to say at our APsystems video channel on YouTube. Find out why installers choose APsystems microninverter technology over conventional string systems, and then put module-level power to work in your next PV project.

 

Module-inverter mismatch:
For best performance, the power rating of modules must be matched to that of the string inverter that serves them. Yet these inverters offer a narrow range of power ratings that may not correspond to the cumulative output of the array. You may be buying more inverter than you really need.

Module-level inversion lets you to match inverters to modules throughout the array. Pay for the inversion power you need to get the job done – and no more.

 

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APsystems YC1000 supports electric vehicle charging station at Intel HQ

APsystems microinverters support a hybrid solar/grid-tied electric vehicle charging station at Intel corporate headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif.

Powered by APsystems YC1000 true 3-phase microinverters and Suntec 285-watt modules, the 4.2kW solar array supplements the charging station’s grid-tied power. A 45kW storage system by Powin Energy backs up the array, further reducing demands on the AC grid.

Intel employees can top up their electric vehicle cells at an OpConnect EV Charging System station. The OpConnect pedestal charges up to four vehicles at a time, and supports 120V and 240V service.

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A+ Rewards Program lasts until Q1 2016, ONLY for Australia & New Zealand

APsystems and its A+Rewards Program offer an unbeatable deal for installers on our advanced microinverter technology.

For every 10 YC500 microinverters you purchase from a participating APsystems Distribution Partner, receive a free Energy Communication Unit (ECU).

That’s right: Every 10 APsystems YC500 microinverters you purchase through March 31, 2016, will earn a free ECU. Your A+ Rewards free items will be sent with your order, with a minimum order of 10 YC500 microinverters to qualify.

There’s never been a better time to bring APsystems microinverters to your customers. Contact your participating APsystems distributor for more information on the A+ Rewards program, and place your order today for prompt fulfillment.

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University of Kansas (USA) architecture students take solar construction into the future

Powering old homes with solar is only half the renewable-energy equation.

Designing and building new homes that make the most of that renewable power – achieving ultra-efficient “Net Zero” construction, and beyond – is the next frontier for sustainable living.

American graduate students in the University of Kansas Department of Architecture, Design and Planning are pushing construction into the future through Studio 804, a nonprofit organization that tests their drafting-board skills against real-world challenges.

Where conventional construction ends, the Studio 804 program begins.

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“If a group full of students who have never worked construction or designed and built a project can accomplish these highly sustainable buildings, it shows what the industry as a whole should be capable of,” said Taylor Pickman, now in his fifth and final year in the colloquially known “M-Arch” program. “We like to think we’re setting an example in that sense.”

Their most recent success: the East Lawrence Passive House, an innovative solar home set among the tree-lined streets of a quintessential college town, a mix of modest historic homes, and even the mansions of nineteenth century industrial tycoons.

Outside, the home was designed to fit in with the scale and aesthetics of the neighborhood, while maximizing square footage on a prominent but narrow corner lot. Cut-cedar siding offers a look familiar to the neighborhood while carrying a low carbon footprint. Generous windows maximize passive solar potential.

Inside, the home boasts a laundry list of energy-saving features. A triple-thick blanket of insulation achieves dramatic “R” values, while an advanced air barrier wrap further reduces heat loss. A low-energy HVAC system and energy-recovery ventilator supplies fresh air without energy waste, while the plumbing includes an insulated hot-water recirculation system for more efficiency still.

The home meets the rigorous standards of the LEED Platinum, Net Zero and Passive House certification programs – a trifecta for sustainable construction.

Net Zero, for instance, requires that all heating, cooling and electrical needs must be met through energy-conserving design features and onsite renewable sources.

That’s where solar comes in. The East Lawrence home features a 6kW rooftop system powered by 20 Trina modules and 10 APsystems YC500 dual-module microinverters.

Studio 804 students approached APsystems for help with the project, and the Seattle-based solar technology company offered the microinverter units as a donation.

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“These students are really leading the way forward for energy-efficient design and construction,” said Thomas Nelson, APsystems vice president for sales, USA. “As a leader in innovative solar technology, we were glad to sign on to the project and be included in this showcase home.”

Pickman said microinverters represent “a huge innovation” in the solar field, helping students meet their project goals even without real experience as solar installers.

“I have to say that those microinverters were very simple to install, very simple to work with and very simple to use,” Pickman said. “We had more trouble getting the panels up onto the roof than we ever did working with the micro inverters.”

Bigger, more ambitious projects

KU’s Studio 804 program is committed to the research and development of sustainable, affordable, and inventive building solutions, from the standards of human comfort to the nature of urban spaces.

Two education tracks are offered: a three-year Master of Architecture program for students who already hold undergraduate degrees, or a five-year program that melds both undergraduate and graduate studies and also culminates in the master’s degree.

The final year is a rigorous practicum in which students tackle all aspects of design and construction: from site selection to negotiating building and zoning codes, to working with neighborhood associations and project engineers, to pouring concrete and pounding nails.

“A lot of our projects are speculative, so we are also in charge of making sure the project gets sold,” Pickman said.

To date the studio has completed seven LEED Platinum buildings and two with Passive House certification, meeting the most rigorous environmental standards for materials and construction.

Solar has become a regular feature of Studio 804 work, Pickman said, because it is one of the most effective means of achieving onsite energy production in the Midwest.

“Solar is relatively simple and it functions relatively well with different housing configurations,” he said. “And every year the technology gets better, so every year, we can demonstrate that technology as well.”

Studio 804 produces one building per year, and they keep getting more ambitious.

Twenty years ago, the first Studio 804 project put a simple metal roof over a historic farmhouse. Two years ago, students designed and built a lecture hall and auditorium addition to Marvin Hall, a treasured, 1908-vintage engineering building on the University of Kansas campus.

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Pickman said their next challenge may be achieving the WELL Building standard, which considers interior design and the ergonomics of the living spaces and fixtures – anything that will “reduce wear and tear on the human body.”

“Every year we set slightly different goals,” Pickman said, from building scale to advanced materials and construction and renewable energy techniques.

“And great architecture, or at least very good architecture,” he added. “There’s not a lot of it Kansas.”

East Lawrence Passive House
East Lawrence, Kansas, USA
Designer/installer: Studio 804, graduate students in the University of Kansas Department of Architecture, Design and Planning
System output: 6kW
No. of modules: 20
Module type: Trina TSM-290
Microinverters: APsystems YC500 dual-module
No. of microinverters: 10
croinverters: 10

EMA app upgraded for APsystems microinverter users

EMA-app-image-228x300Smartphones get even smarter with the newly upgraded EMA App from APsystems.

The EMA App lets homeowners track the performance of their APsystems solar array in real time, more quickly and conveniently than ever.

See comprehensive system data including power output by day, month, year or lifetime of the array. EMA App also calculates energy savings based on price per kilowatt hour, and shows environmental benefits in gallons of gasoline, trees and carbon emissions.

All data is displayed through an easy-to-use graphical interface.

EMA App is available for iPhone and iPad through the Apple iTunes store, or through the APsystems website.