Monitoring

Rapid shutdown gets its first Sunspec certification in Fronius

The Fronius Symo Advanced product line, which had already been NEC 2017 compliant when coupled with a Tigo TS-4, is now also certified for rapid shutdown by the SunSpec Alliance.

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Aggreko’s 1 MW battery system, Conti Solar rebrands: pvMB 5/14/19

Hello and thank your for joining us yet again on the pvMB. Today we’ll be discussing Daymak’s Boomerbuggy X, Scout Boats going solar and everything else to get you through your morning.

New York utility gives free hardware to solar and EV buyers

ConEdison is supplying the ConnectDER solution—which accepts solar and EV wiring directly at the electric meter—when customers install solar and electric vehicles. Installation of the device avoids costly electric panel upgrades.

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California is learning to trust 100% residential solar power

California utility PG&E has tested levels of residential solar power up to 100% penetration, and how to mitigate the effects of voltage and thermal overload via smart inverters and traditional transformer and circuit upgrades – with smart inverters shown to allow for up to 100% penetrations at cost-effective pricing.

SolarEdge achieves one million monitored systems

Just two years after reaching 500,000 monitored PV systems, SolarEdge has doubled the mark; one million for anybody keeping score at home.

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Solar power situational awareness, future research get $166 million

The Department of Energy announced a new tranche of $130 million to fund research in up to 80 new solar power-related research and development projects. As well, ten projects were announced as winners of $36 million in awards to increase solar situational awareness during power grid disruptions.

A blockchain trading solar power system in the real world

PowerLedger’s xGrid is a blockchain-based electricity trading platform that’s now being used in a Pennsylvania business park, in addition to Chicago, California, a large housing unit in Australia, plus a few more locations.

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Supersized solar plus storage coming to California

In October, California regulators proposed allowing DC-coupled solar plus storage systems to be compensated via net metering for electricity stored in their batteries. This came after NEXTracker’s NX Flow system was verified by UL as charging only from solar power.

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OK Google, what is SolarEdge’s energy vision?

SolarEdge has recently purchased an Italian EV system manufacturer, a South Korean battery maker, an Israeli UPS producer, internally developed a virtual power plant grid service, and now they’re working with Google to integrate energy management tools into Google Assistant.

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Solar module lifetime predictions are getting better

NREL has proposed a new methodology for determining solar module degradation rates, taking into account measurement challenges such as sensor drift, inverter nuances, soiling and others – keeping the focus on the solar modules themselves.

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