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Optimizers & Inverters

Sunrise brief: Goldman Sachs invests $250 million in Hydrostor

Also on the rise: Nearly half of all new capacity added to the grid will come from solar. Washington community solar bill garners support. Optimizer manufacturer Alencon expands manufacturing and R&D facilities outside of Philadelphia. GoodWe rebranding reflects the ‘smarts’ in its inverters and storage technology. Three California community choice jointly issued an RFP.

GoodWe rebrands as a ‘Smart Energy Innovator’

GoodWe’s new logo and slogan are intended to reflect the company’s increased commitment to harnessing smart technology.

Enphase Energy starts shipping IQ8 microinverters in North America

The IQ8 is said to be the most powerful PV microinverter developed by Enphase Energy and is capable of forming a microgrid during a power outage. 

You read, we listened: Most-read pv magazine USA articles of 2021

The top five articles of 2021 show that pv magazine readers really pay attention when innovative new technologies show great potential, are concerned about the lifetime of components in a solar installation, and are tracking the electric vehicle revolution.

Yotta Energy pushes the smart grid closer to rooftop solar panels

The company’s software suite has grown to standardize integrated features including the ability to dispatch electricity.

Rural Alaskan solar microgrid is powered by SolarEdge

The 576 kW project is 30 miles north of the Arctic Circle and helps a local non-profit utility cut its diesel fuel use.

Sunrise brief: Seattle arena switches on its rooftop solar array

Also on the rise: SEIA fires back at A-SMACC’s antidumping tariff request, and Enphase launches a microinverter line for microgrids.

Sunrise brief: Hawaii’s approach to smart inverters offers a model to follow

Also on the rise: Facebook signs a PPA for 160 MW in Virginia, and the solar sector provided jobs to 231,000 in the U.S. in 2020.

States choosing smart inverter settings could follow Hawaii’s lead

States don’t need to reinvent the wheel when evaluating smart inverter requirements, said a Sunrun policy director, noting that delays in setting requirements could lead to “wasted infrastructure.”

In California and Hawaii, the benefits of smart inverters are just beginning

Smart inverters have opened up opportunities for people with smart inverters to be paid for providing stored energy on demand and other grid services.

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