18 Oct '11, 1pm

SPI: The Rise of the AC Module with SunPower and SolarBridge: Dallas, Texas: reporting from Solar Power Intern...

Dallas, Texas: reporting from Solar Power International. A few years ago, I asked Dick Swanson, the founder of SunPower his opinion of module-level electronics and microinverters. Swanson is too much a class-act to bad-mouth fellow solar aspirants and entrepreneurs -- but he did not seem too impressed with the entire class of distributed electronics. Fast forward a few years later and SunPower (Nasdaq: SPWRA, SPWRB) just announced their AC solar panels at Solar Power International in Dallas today. Their partner: Austin, Texas-based SolarBridge, a startup funded by VCs including Battery Ventures and others. SunPower is the market share leader in the U.S. residential market. Last week Greentech Media broke the news that Canadian Solar had aligned with solar electronics maker, ArrayPower , another VC-funded upstart. The CEO of ArrayPower, Wendy Arienzo called the device a "se...

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