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Tomorrow’s leaders in technology visit APS America

Students from North Kitsap High School visited the APS USA offices recently to find out more about our advanced solar microinverter technology. APS IT Director Dana Gosney showed the students our APSmicroinverters in action at the demonstration and testing installation next to the building.

UnknownThe students represented NKHS’ two advanced engineering classes, Engineering II and Advanced Technical Drawing, instructor Eric Nieland says. The students have spent three years in the program and are looking at pursuing further education in engineering-related fields.

“It is very eye-opening for them to see what happens in the real world,” Nieland says. “As a group, they are starting to see the wide scope and broad influence our manufacturing community possesses. Everyone hears about Boeing and Microsoft, but not enough credit is given to the smaller, local ventures.”

The students were impressed by the APS solar solution’s ability to track PV module performance, and by the company’s customer support system, Nieland says.

The high school hopes to create more opportunities with local manufacturers, to open the doors and let students get a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes work that goes on in the manufacturing sector.

APS America would like to say a big THANK YOU to tomorrow’s leaders, the technology students of North Kitsap High School, for their interest in our solar energy future and APS microinverter technology.

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APS Microinverters to be distributed by Sol-Up in Nevada market

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May 6, 2014

SEATTLE — APS microinverters will be distributed by Las Vegas-based Sol-Up USA, under a first-time agreement between the two companies.

The partnership establishes APS microinverter products in the Nevada market with one of the area’s top solar distributors and installers.

“We’re very proud to be partnering with a company of Sol-Up’s stature,” said Paul Barlock, Senior Vice President of APS America. “Their performance in the Nevada market speaks to their expertise and customer service.”

Sol-Up executives cited the leading-edge technology offered by APS microinverters in adding the APS line to their product portfolio.

logo-main-solup1“APS is the only microinverter on the market for 300-watt panels with a 25-year warranty,” said Frank Rieger, CEO of Sol-Up USA. “Being twin inverters, APS microinverters are less costly because only one inverter is needed for every two panels. APS is the world’s leading brand for microinverters, and we’re very happy with the product.”

Sol-Up has nearly 20 solar installations using APS microinverters already completed or in development.

Sol-Up was founded in 2009 with a goal of making Las Vegas “the solar capital of the world.” Founder Frank Rieger brought more than 20 years of executive and solar engineering experience in Germany, a global leader in solar capacity, to the venture.

Sol-Up offers an on-site Suntastic showroom and warehouse to show its products to customers, and will celebrate the grand opening of a new Las Vegas location on May 9.

APS ranked No. 2 in global market share among top microinverter suppliers by shipments in 2013 (Source: GTM Research). Based near Seattle, APS America supplies and services APS products in North America. APS was founded in Silicon Valley in 2009 and is now a global leader in the development, manufacturing and marketing of solar microinverters based on their own leading-edge technology.

The APS solar solution, which includes the APS Energy Communication Unit and APS web-based Monitor, combines highly efficient power inversion with a user-friendly monitoring interface to provide reliable, intelligent energy for residential and commercial applications.

For information on APS solar microinverter projects, see www.usa.apsystems.com or email sales@apsamerica.com

For information on Sol-Up, see www.solup.com, email info@solup.com, or call (702) 586-9800.

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APS America adds Andy Weber to technical support team

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May 6, 2014

SEATTLE — APS America has added Andy Weber to its team as Technical Support Engineer.

andy_weberWeber has extensive experience as a solar installer, with more than 50 installations in the Colorado market to his credit. He has also worked as a financial analyst in the solar industry, and holds a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies.

“Andy is a great addition to the APS team,” said Tommy VanCleave, Customer Service Manager for APS America. “We pride ourselves on our responsiveness to customers, and Andy’s expertise carries that mission forward.”

Weber said he was drawn by the advanced solar technology now offered by APS, including the flagship YC500 microinverter and the YC1000, the world’s first true 3-phase, 4-panel microinverter for commercial applications, due later in 2014.

“APS products are distinguishing themselves in the market and in the field, where it really counts,” he said. “It’s an exciting time to be joining the company and supporting these products.”

APS ranked No. 2 in global market share among top microinverter suppliers by shipments in 2013 (source: GTM Research).

APS was founded in Silicon Valley in 2009, and is now a global leader in the development, manufacturing and marketing of microinverters based on their own proprietary, leading-edge solar technology. APS America, representing APS in the US market, is based near Seattle.

For information on APS solar microinverter projects, see www.usa.apsystems.com or email sales@apsamerica.com.

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Congressman Derek Kilmer Visits APS America

U.S. Congressman Derek Kilmer visited the APS America offices near Seattle recently.

APSYSTEMS-kilmerKilmer, who represents Washington’s 6th Congressional District, saw firsthand the assembly and testing of APS microinverters as they were readied for shipment around the country. Kilmer and APS America CEO Kelly Samson discussed Washington state’s thriving solar industry and solar energy opportunities nationally.

Thank you to Congressman Derek Kilmer for his interest in solar technology and manufacturing, and for visiting APS America!

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APS microinverters to be distributed by Fortune Energy

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March 3, 2014

SEATTLE — APS America and Fortune Energy have reached a first-time agreement by which the California-based Fortune will distribute APS microinverter products in the US.

Fortune Energy will add APS to their current Top-Tier portfolio of wholesale solar modules, inverters and racking supplies, effective immediately.

Fortune-Energylogo“We are pleased to form this partnership with Fortune Energy,” said Paul Barlock, Senior VP of APS America. “APS is pushing the microinverter market in new and innovative directions, as our products offer more power-handling capability at a lower price point.”

Fortune Energy executives also hailed the agreement.

“Fortune Energy is excited to bring APS to our installers and homeowners because of the reliability of the product plus the great price and warranty. The people at APS really stand behind their products, which is great for our customers,” said Jack Meng, President of Fortune Energy.

“Fortune Energy is excited to bring APS to our installers and homeowners because of the reliability of the product plus the great price and warranty. The people at APS really stand behind their products, which is great for our customers.” – Jack Meng, President, Fortune Energy

Added Karen Hale, Sales Manager at Fortune Energy, “We are excited to add a quality brand, at the best value, to our portfolio.”

APS ranked No. 2 in global market share among top microinverter suppliers by shipments in 2013 (Source: GTM Research). Based near Seattle, APS America supplies and services APS products in North America. APS was founded in Silicon Valley in 2009 and is now a global leader in the development, manufacturing and marketing of solar microinverters based on their own leading-edge technology.

The APS solar solution, which includes the APS Energy Communication Unit and APS web-based Monitor, combines highly efficient power inversion with a user-friendly monitoring interface to provide reliable, intelligent energy for residential and commercial applications.

Fortune Energy, with locations in Sacramento, Los Angeles and Hawaii, was created in 2009 to bring quality wholesale solar/PV products directly to solar industry professionals. Their services are designed to fit the needs of solar contractors seeking to lower their customers’ energy costs, improve their wattage efficiency and provide support. Fortune energy will distribute APS inverters to all of their customers nationwide.

For information on APS solar microinverter projects, see www.usa.apsystems.com or email sales@apsamerica.com.

For information on Fortune Energy, contact Marketing@FortuneEnergy.net or call 916-492-2797.

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APS’ innovative Microinverters nominated for Solar Power World’s 2014 Leadership in Solar awards

APS’ innovative Microinverters have been nominated for Solar Power World’s prestigious 2014 Leadership in Solar awards — VOTE for APS Today!

http://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/leadership-companies/apsystems-america/

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APS Microinverters Make Solar Power World’s TOP 100 in 2013

In advance of its Q1 2014 rollout, the groundbreaking APsystems YC1000-3 microinverter was recognized by Solar Power World among its Top 100 Solar Products of 2013 in the magazine’s year-end edition. The YC1000-3 is the world’s first 3-phase, 4-panel microinverter for large-scale commercial solar installations – advanced technology designed in the USA and available only from APsystems.

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MEET THE APS TEAM AT SOLAR POWER COLORADO, FEB. 24-26

APS is bringing its advanced microinverter technology to the 2014 Solar Power Colorado conference, Feb. 24-26.coseia_conf_500x1401Paul Barlock, APS America Senior VP, and Michael Ludgate, VP for Business Development, will present the APS product line to installers and distributors at the annual conference sponsored by the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association. This year’s event is being held at the Omni Resort and Conference Center in Broomfield, CO.“We’re going to COSEIA in response to the customer requests coming in to APS,” Michael Ludgate says. “The word is getting out that APS is a microinverter innovator and in the top tier globally in microinverter units shipped.”

APS is on an aggressive growth curve in 2014, bringing our advanced microinverter technology to new markets across the US. Our flagship product is the YC500A, a two-panel, dual-MPPT microinverter with 500W maximum output. APS is poised to release the groundbreaking YC1000-3 microinverter, a 3-phase, 4-panel unit for large-scale commercial applications – breakthrough technology available only from APS.

Installers and distributors can email the APS team directly at paul@apsamerica.com and michael@apsamerica.com to meet with them during Solar Power Colorado.  Find out more about the APS line of advanced microinverter products at www.usa.apsystems.com or email sales@apsamerica.com.

For information on the 2014 Solar Power Colorado event, see www.coseia.org.

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APS announces product recognition and promotion of exec to Sr. VP – Kitsap Business Journal

February 13, 2014 @ 12:05amIn advance of the first-quarter 2014 rollout of a new solar energy microinverter by APS, the manufacturer’s YC1000-3 microinverter was recognized by Solar Power World magazine on its Top 100 Solar Products of 2013. The YC1000-3 is the world’s first three-phase, four-panel microinverter for large-scale commercial solar installations.Barlock-Paul-2703_small
The new product is a single unit that connects four solar modules (up to 310W STC each) to provide from 208V to 480V three-phase grid voltage. It maximizes power generation for each module to boost efficiency by up to 20 percent. The performance of each module can be individually monitored from a home computer.Find out more about the YC1000-3 by contacting APS at sales@apsamerica.com, or download the product spec sheets on the company’s website. APS America also announced the promotion of Paul Barlock to Senior Vice President. He will manage the company’s sales team and development of strategic partnerships.Barlock has been a senior sales and marketing executive in a variety of power electronics firms, ranging from startups to large multinational corporations. His work experience has been in custom power supply design, UPS, telecom power, cable TV backup power, and most recently in renewable energy. Barlock, a Marine veteran, holds an undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from Boston College.

“We’re moving the market into areas that have not been penetrated,” Barlock said of the APS line of innovative solar microinverter products. “Our innovative technology is driving the market to a different, larger microinverter model, and at a lower cost.”

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Grow Community Solar Install

1532073_1415812715330604_135963020_o-199x300Grow Community on Bainbridge Island is the largest planned, solar-ready neighborhood in Washington state. With an array of APS Microinverters and Itek PV panels planned on over 50 neighborhood roofs, each producing up to 7,680 watts of power per residential system. The solar on each Grow Community home will save between 2.5 and 3 tons of coal per year. Here are some pictures from this weeks solar install by A&R Solar.