Balance of Systems

Enphase receives much-needed influx of cash

The struggling microinverter manufacturer, which has posted quarterly losses in every quarter since Q3 2015, received a $10 million bailout from two institutional investors.

GameChange Forges U.S. Steel Supply Agreement

New York-based GameChange Solar has inked a long-term strategic supply agreement with an un-named company which it describes as “one of the largest steel producers in the United States”.

Tesla/Panasonic begin battery cell production at Nevada Gigafactory

The factory is producing lithium-ion batteries both for Tesla’s energy storage products and electric vehicles

Alencon Systems Begins Shipping SPOT V4 DC-DC Optimizer

Hatboro, PA-based Alencon has begun distribution of its String Power Optimizer, or SPOT, which it calls “the PV industry’s most powerful and versatile DC-DC optimizer for large commercial and utility scale applications.”

AlionEnergy Readies New Tracker First Install

Richmond, CA-based AlionEnergy expects the first commercial installation of its new tracker system as early as February.

SolarEdge Adds GSM Cellular Kit & Smart Meter

SolarEdge Technologies has launched a GSM cellular kit and a smart meter, and is taking orders for both products.

Global inverter shipments to contract 5% in 2017 before steady recovery, says GTM Research

Consolidation of top 10 suppliers continues as Chinese inverter firms Huawei and Sungrow top shipment chart, while SMA’s U.S. strength sees it cling on to top spot for revenue, report shows.

Intertek Confirms SolarEdge inverters are UL 1741 SA Smart Inverters

“With PV inverters taking on an expanded role in energy management, they are continually acting as the solar energy system’s brain by controlling monitoring, storage, communications, and smart grid interactions,” stated Lior Handelsman, VP Marketing and Product Strategy of SolarEdge.

Solar FlexRack Gains Tracker Bankability Study

Black & Veatch has completed a technical study of the TDP Turnkey tracker for design, reliability, durability, installation, operations and maintenance.

Make Solar Great Again

In the most recent election, Populist candidates issued thinly veiled calls to return to an America that makes tangible goods. But can solar be part of a manufacturing renaissance in the United States? And what would be needed to make solar in America?

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