09 Aug '11, 4pm

Panel Level Electronics Break Into the Bigtime: SolarCity and SolarEdge: A few months ago, I wrote an article

A few months ago, I wrote an article that discussed how the big U.S. residential solar installers, solar leasing, and residential PPA companies were not entirely comfortable with the new breed of distributed electronics , be they microinverters or DC-to-DC approaches. Utility applications were not within reach of these technologies either. Michael Schenck, the Manager of Advanced Power Conversion at First Solar , said, "Advanced technology doesn't play well with utilities," when asked about his firm's comfort with panel-level electronics like microinverters and DC-DC boost products. Schenck said that First Solar would need to see a lot more details and quantification before making the leap to distributed electronics. Danny Kennedy, founder of Sungevity, said "String inverters and silicon modules do a very good job in most cases." Matt Eggers, the VP of Operations at SunRun...

Full article: http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/panel-level-e...

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