Global solar technology leader APS rebrands as APsystems

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JIAXING, CHINA – APS, a global leader in solar technology, is now APsystems.

The brand refinement highlights the company’s commitment to powerful alternative energy solutions, and its evolution from a product-oriented portfolio to a whole-systems innovator.

The phrase “Altenergy Power,” a nod to the company’s original legal name, will appear beneath APsystems in the company’s new mark.

“Our company has earned a high profile in the solar marketplace, and we want to emphasize our commitment to alternative energy through our new brand,” said Zhi-Min Ling, APsystems co-founder, CEO and president, global operations. “Our range of product offerings is growing each year, and the new name also highlights our evolution toward whole-systems solutions.”

The new positioning follows the company’s strong growth and industry recognition in the U.S. and international solar markets over the past two years.

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APsystems is headquartered in Jiaxing, China, and Seattle, USA, with regional offices in Europe and Australia, and Shanghai, China for global marketing and sales.

The company was founded in Silicon Valley in 2009 with a single product offering, a first-generation microinverter.

An ongoing commitment to research and development, engineering and technology innovation has created a robust module-level power electronics (MLPE) solutions portfolio. The company’s technology is also featured in integrated PV solutions by other solar industry leaders.

More than half of the APsystems workforce is involved in R&D engineering, underscoring the focus on constant product advancement and innovation.

The company’s flagship product, the YC500 microinverter, broke ground among MLPE offerings as the most powerful unit to handle two solar modules simultaneously, simplifying PV system design and significantly lowering installation costs on a per-watt basis.

More recently, the YC1000 microinverter entered the solar market as an innovative, purpose-designed unit for commercial applications. The fourth-generation technology offers true 3-phase (balanced AC) output and handles up to four modules per unit, bringing microinverter technology to the untapped commercial segment for the first time.

The microinverters have been successfully deployed on six continents.

“Our exclusive microinverter technology has proven itself powerful, reliable and attractive in the solar marketplace, in both residential and commercial installations worldwide,” said Wesley Tong, who is responsible for APsystems corporate strategy and new business development in global markets. “With our dedication to research and development, our portfolio of innovative solar solutions will continue to see new offerings of benefit to both consumers and the environment.”

APsystems products are designed around a flexible and powerful Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) integrated circuit, giving the company a significant competitive advantage in design, manufacturing, reliability and cost effectiveness.

The company’s microinverter line is programmable to any grid standard anywhere in the world, and is backed by industry-leading warranties and support.

See APsystems.com for information on the company’s worldwide operations, with links to offices in each regional market.

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APsystems is a worldwide leader in the development, manufacturing and marketing of alternative energy solutions based on its own proven, leading-edge technology. APsystems is headquartered Jiaxing, China, and Seattle, USA, with regional offices in Europe and Australia.

A letter to our solar partners: APS becomes APsystems

It’s been just six years since APS was a Silicon Valley startup – and how far we’ve come in that short time. Founded with the goal of bringing the most advanced microinverter technology to the solar PV market, we’ve passed one milestone after another en route to ranking no. 2 in global market share among top microinverter suppliers by shipments in 2013 (source: GTM Research). Last year was even stronger still.

And we’re not slowing down – demand for our microinverter line is growing month over month in all markets. As we look toward even greater achievements on the horizon, we’re pausing just long enough to reflect on who we are and what we’re about.

With that reflection comes a refinement of our brand: APS will become APsystems.

The new trade name highlights our commitment to powerful alternative energy solutions, and our evolution from a product-oriented portfolio to a whole-systems innovator. The phrase “Altenergy Power,” a nod to the company’s original legal name, will appear beneath APsystems in our new mark.

The new name will launch August 31st. With the brand refinement, we’re also launching a new website, apsystems.com, an online nexus for our worldwide operations with links to offices in each regional market. We hope you’ll visit the site and see the APsystems big picture.

What’s next? Big things. We’re making a strong push into new markets worldwide, and rolling out even more powerful solutions to accommodate new and emerging technologies. Expect more announcements throughout the coming year.

Our name has changed, but our values are the same. We remain passionate about solar power and advancing our clean, renewable energy future. We offer maximum value to customers through excellence of products, pricing and support. Honesty, professionalism and teamwork define our company. Add them up, and we believe an informed customer will always choose APsystems.

We’re excited about this moment, and we want to share the news with our valued solar partners like you. We look forward to a bright future together.

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Kindest regards,

Andrew Lonseth
President, U.S. Operations

APS YC1000 microinverter enters the Australia market

Solar power is widely used in Australia and many families have installed PV system on their roofs. APS is proud to be first among microinverter suppliers in the Australian market, providing the best and most economical products available.

australia1Our best seller, the YC500 dual-module unit, is already popular here. Now, the new YC1000 microinverter is ready for Australia and certified for this market after successful rollout in China and the USA.

The YC1000 is the world’s first true 3-phase microinverter (balanced AC output) and offers a proven solution for commercial-scale PV systems. The 1:4 microinverter-to-module ratio significantly lowers balance of system costs.

Unlike other microinverter products entering the commercial segment, the YC1000 line requires no step-up or step-down transformer to operate. Add-on transformers reduce system efficiency and add thousands of dollars in balance-of-system costs – issues the YC1000 microinverter are specifically designed to avoid.

The YC1000 microinverter connects directly to low-voltage DC modules, eliminating the possibility of “arc” fires from high-voltage arrays typical of conventional string inverter systems. The unit also offers revolutionary trunk cabling, eliminating the need for branch cables and resolving “landscape vs. portrait” configuration issues.

Conventional “string” systems only operate as efficiently as the lowest-performing module, meaning reduced output from a shadow or leaf on one module cuts output across the whole array. The YC1000 offers module-level MPPT, increase the array performance.

Using the YC1000 simplifies system design, increases system flexibility, saves the cost of installation and maintenance, and also shortens setup time. It is the best solution for 3-phase residential and commercial systems for the Australian market.

Through the APS Energy Communication Unit and Energy Monitoring and Analysis software, the user can follow the performance of their array in real time and also see historical output data. Precise monitoring lets the user pinpoint the location and nature of any system issues and get precise guidance for necessary maintenance, all within our user-friendly graphic interface.

APS now offers the EMA 2.0 with even more detailed system tracking. Coming soon: the EMA APP for handheld devices, bringing even more convenient monitoring to APS Microinverter end users.

YC1000-3-208 microinverter earns CEC certification

The new YC1000-3-208 microinverter from APS has earned CEC certification.

The California Energy Commission listing is a key benchmark of solar product efficiency and quality, and qualifies equipment for use and financial incentives under the California Solar Initiative. The CEC standard is also recognized throughout the western U.S. solar market.

The YC1000-3-208 microinverter earned a 94.5 percent efficiency rating from the CEC board.

“We’re very pleased to see the YC1000-3-208 earn the CEC listing,” said Paul Barlock, APS U.S.A. Senior Vice President. “APS really has broken new ground with this unit, the first microinverter purpose-designed and built for the commercial segment. This is the innovation the industry has been waiting for.”

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A sister unit that operates at 277/480 grid voltage, the APS YC1000-3-480, earned the CEC listing in November 2014.

The YC1000 microinverter line offers true 3-phase output and handles four PV modules per unit. The 1:4 microinverter-to-module ratio significantly lowers balance of system cost.

Unlike other microinverter products entering the commercial segment, the YC1000 line requires no step-up or step-down transformer to operate. Add-on transformers reduce system efficiency and add thousands of dollars in balance-of-system costs.

“Having to add a transformer is where other offerings in the market fail,” said Ryan Simpson, Senior Director of Sales and Program Management for APS America.. “With the YC1000 microinverter line, commercial system designers now have an advanced, all-in-one solution that wins on both efficiency and cost.”

The YC1000 microinverter connects directly to low-voltage DC modules, eliminating the possibility of “arc” fires from high-voltage arrays typical of conventional string inverter systems. The unit also offers revolutionary trunk cabling, eliminating the need for branch cables and resolving “landscape vs. portrait” configuration issues.

For YC1000-3 product information and data sheets, see www.apsamerica.com.

For information on the California Solar Initiative and CEC product certification, see www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov.

APS is a worldwide leader in the development, manufacturing and marketing of microinverters based on our proprietary, leading-edge solar technology. Representing APS in the U.S. market, APS America. is based near Seattle.

APS ranked No. 2 in global market share among top microinverter suppliers by shipments in 2013 (source: GTM Research).