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Balance of Systems

SMA warns of lower annual sales in light of component shortage

Third quarter financial update sees strong growth in Asia but weak U.S. large-scale project demand drags on overall sales. Order backlog increases 25% to $407 million.

Enphase narrows Q3 loss, records revenue increase

The microinverter specialist posted losses of $7 million in the third quarter but did manage to increase its revenue sequentially by 3% to $77 million.

Manufacturing and Section 201: An interview with PanelClaw CEO Costa Nicolaou (video)

In this interview with pv magazine LIVE from the SPI 2017 trade show, PanelClaw CEO Costa Nicalaou makes a case for why any trade action imposed under the Section 201 case will be bad not only for installations, but for the makers of racking, tracking and mounting systems.

Axsus Solar launches first tracker

Canadian start-up Axsus has launched its first tracker, which reduces metal content by 25%.


Solar Power International begins with a bang

With a monster hurricane in Florida and a trade case looming over the solar industry, there’s never been a more interesting time to be in solar

Enphase appoints new president/CEO from Cypress Semiconductor

The company has replaced CEO Paul Nahi, who abruptly stepped down a month ago, with an executive from the semiconductor industry

Letter beseeches the U.S. ITC: Please don’t destroy our businesses

The mounting segment of the solar industry united as one to request the dismissing of Suniva/SolarWorld’s Section 201 trade case, citing the potential for damage to their businesses if the U.S. market shrinks.

String to inverter: BoS component failures

Electrical Balance Of System (BOS) components can be key failure points in PV installations, and the further up the chain the component, the greater potential effect on power production.


SMA’s results affected by price declines

The German inverter manufacturer reports that shipments remained stable in the first half of this year, while revenues were down year-over-year. The company has raised its outlook for 2017.

Is the standalone residential solar inverter obsolete?

In this guest post for pv magazine USA, Enphase co-Founder and VP of Products and Strategic Initiatives Raghu Belur looks at the future of residential solar inverters versus AC modules, drawing parallels from the personal computing industry.


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