APsystems helps Extend the Day bring solar to kids in developing nations

c6a4d851-f6f6-448d-9efe-989852f7f33fAPsystems is teaming up with the nonprofit Extend the Day to bring portable solar-powered lights to students in developing nations.

APsystems engineers assisted in the design of small, personal-sized lights, now being distributed to kids and families in remote villages in Kenya, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Myanmar and Namibia.

The lights allow students to study in the evening, dramatically changing their educational experience and opportunities.

Seattle-based Extend the Day was founded by Andrew Lonseth, APsystems President for USA Operations, and his daughter Jo, who saw the opportunity to improve lives through personal-scale solar during their global travels.

The clean-energy lights have a secondary benefit of eliminating the health hazards associated with noxious kerosene-burning lamps in homes.

“My eyes don’t burn anymore when I read,” a Kenyan student told Jo Lonseth recently. The youth now hopes to become an electrical engineer.

“Here he was in the middle of nowhere, and the light has changed his path,” Jo told Bainbridge Island Magazine.

Read the whole story here.

Click here for more information about Extend the Day.

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Buy 5, Get 1 FREE: Fantastic A+ Rewards continues ONLY for New Zealand!

Dear Valued New Zealand Installer,

The unbelievable A+ Rewards program from APsystems continues ONLY for New Zealand! We’re proud to offer this incredible promotion to our New Zealand installers.

apsystems-nz-aplus-dec16-promoFor every 5 YC500 microinverters purchased from an APsystems participating distribution partner in New Zealand, you will receive one YC500 microinverter absolutely free!
That’s right: Now through December 23 2016, that’s one industry-leading YC500 microinverter FREE when you buy 5. The 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 and exchange(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 October 14 to Dec 23, 2016. The offer is open to installers in 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 5 or more YC500 microinverters, you can request one 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 5 YC500 microinverters, and 5 microinverters are considered as a unit to calculate the number of free microinverters under the rebate. For example, an order of 9 microinverters would only qualify for one free YC500 microinverters; an order of 10 microinverters would qualify for two 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 4 YC500 microinverters would not qualify for free YC500 microinverter; but 1 order of 8 microinverters would qualify for one 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 APAC. APsystems and the APsystems logo are trademarks of APsystems.

Solar MLPE hacks for the installer edge

APsystems-Fresno-roof1Time is money. We’ve all heard the age-old adage, but if you’re a solar installation company, it absolutely rings true: time is your worst enemy. Labor is expensive, so the longer a project takes, the more it costs an installer to put in a solar system, and it comes right out of their bottom line. Non-hardware costs such as installation labor, permitting fees and interconnection costs are referred to as “soft costs.” According to the U.S. Department of Energy, these soft or “plug-in” costs of solar account for as much as 64% of the total cost of a new solar system, and labor is one of the largest culprits. It’s no surprise that solar installers are looking for ways to reduce these costs, and any tool or trick they can employ to speed a project along may just give them the edge they need to not only survive in this highly competitive industry, but to thrive.

One challenge in this effort to reduce labor costs, is the growth in utilization of module-level power electronics (MLPEs) such as microinverters and DC optimizers. Unlike string inverters which, for residential applications, typically mean a single string inverter is serving all the PV modules on the roof, each MLPE is typically serving a single module. Although an MLPE solar system is often more expensive in initial capital costs and more labor-intensive to install compared with string inverters, it also has a better levelized cost of energy (LCOE) over string inverters as MLPE systems produce more energy over the life of system. It makes sense, then, why MLPE systems comprised 62% of the U.S. residential solar market in 2015, according to GTM Research, and the market isn’t done there as MLPE is predicted to be the fastest-growing product segment over the next five years.

Installers are feeling the time crunch and the challenge today is even greater to take a high-demand yet labor-intensive product and still perform a profitable installation. Let’s take a look at a few ways to streamline the MLPE installation process with some serious solar hacks.

 

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Microinverters which serve multiple modules exist today and with 2-to-1 and even 4-to-1 module to microinverter options available, homeowners can still get the benefits of an MLPE systems with independent MPPT per module, while installers cleverly reduce the amount of units they’re having to put on the roof by 50% to 75%.

 

MLPE ARCHITECTURE
Most MLPE systems utilize a trunk bus cable to which installers then attach every microinverter. Not only are trunk cables an expensive part of the system, but placing it on the roof and securing the cable to the racking takes time. Products, such as the APsystems YC500A, utilize a daisy-chain method of cabling and do away with the trunk cable. What’s more, the daisy chain is pre-integrated into the unit so it comes completely pre-cabled and ready to go.

 

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Most solar equipment manufacturers offer free training webinars and videos on their products anymore so absolutely take advantage of this. Don’t miss out on the time (and money) saving tips you can pick up in a short training course or online video series.

 

GATEWAY SET-UP
The gateway communication unit for microinverter installations can be a breeze if installers follow a few simple tips for commissioning the system. Connect the gateway to the internet via a standard Ethernet cable so it can download the most current firmware before you begin to commission the system. Ideally, you’ll want to do this after the inverter installation but before module installation so the unit can update while your team puts panels on the roof so you don’t lose time. Be sure to connect cables in the right order as some gateways may take longer if power is applied before the network cable (unless the system will be connected via Wi-Fi). Obtaining the homeowner’s Wi-Fi network information and password before hitting the jobsite will also save you time in connecting the gateway.

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TIME-SAVING APPS
There are some amazing apps out there for solar installers that can help installers streamline system setup. ArrayApp by APsystems, for example, allows installers to create the homeowner account for online monitoring, scan units directly without having to wait for up to 30 minutes for auto-detection of the inverters and create the array site map all from their mobile phone or tablet. Simply search for ArrayApp on your iPhone App Store or Google Play for Android devices.

Taking advantage of these time-saving measures can save an installer money but also help them get more installations completed in a single day. As the solar industry continues to lean heavily toward MLPE systems, finding ways to install faster and more effectively can mean the difference between a profitable operation and one that struggles to be competitive. Be sure to do your research, training, find out what other installers are doing and build your own list of valuable solar installation hacks.

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

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Date: 4-5 October
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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

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.

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.

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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