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APsystems reveals competitive edge on Solar Power World podcast

A smart microinverter takes a smart chip – and every APsystems unit has one inside.
The powerful FPGA chip that drives APsystems advanced microinverters is among the topics covered by Solar Power World editor Kathie Zipp and Jason Higginson, APsystems senior director of marketing, during a recent interview.

The pair sat down recently for an informative program on solar technology, the fast-growing Module Level Power Electronics segment and other topics.

Listen to the podcast here.

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APsystems helps Extend the Day bring solar to kids in developing nations

c6a4d851-f6f6-448d-9efe-989852f7f33fAPsystems is teaming up with the nonprofit Extend the Day to bring portable solar-powered lights to students in developing nations.

APsystems engineers assisted in the design of small, personal-sized lights, now being distributed to kids and families in remote villages in Kenya, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Myanmar and Namibia.

The lights allow students to study in the evening, dramatically changing their educational experience and opportunities.

Seattle-based Extend the Day was founded by Andrew Lonseth, APsystems President for USA Operations, and his daughter Jo, who saw the opportunity to improve lives through personal-scale solar during their global travels.

The clean-energy lights have a secondary benefit of eliminating the health hazards associated with noxious kerosene-burning lamps in homes.

“My eyes don’t burn anymore when I read,” a Kenyan student told Jo Lonseth recently. The youth now hopes to become an electrical engineer.

“Here he was in the middle of nowhere, and the light has changed his path,” Jo told Bainbridge Island Magazine.

Read the whole story here.

Click here for more information about Extend the Day.

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APsystems Exhibits at SPI 2016 – Sept 12-15

192b3d9d-30bb-4b34-9831-5a427aa69045Solar Power International, North America’s largest PV convention, comes to Las Vegas Sept. 12-15 – and APsystems will be there in force.

Look for our enhanced, interactive booth 659, where we’ll be offering APsystems product training, hands-on demonstrations, and great promotional giveaways.

We’ll have the full line of APsystems advanced microinverters on display, including the powerful new YC500i with EnergyMax™ and the ArrayApp all-in-one mobile installer tool.

Email sales@APsystems.com to set up a meeting with a team member, or just drop by and find out why APsystems is the global leader in next-generation microinverters for solar PV applications.

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APsystems featured in Solar Builder’s new Rooftop Report

Solar Builder Magazine’s new “Rooftop Report” is out, featuring APsystems advanced microinverter technology.

APsystems Director of Engineering Christopher Barrett contributes “Get Connected: Data Monitoring in a Wireless (and sometimes wired) World,” an in-depth look at the challenges of gateway data collection in the home solar environment.

Also look for the article “Time Hacks for Installing MLPE,” features labor-saving tips and tricks for solar installers, and a report from Solar Builder’s Chris Crowell on the rapid-shutdown features built into the APsystems microinverter platform.

Find the “Rooftop Report” online here, and look for hard copies bundled with the next issue of Solar Builder Magazine, and distributed at the upcoming Solar Power International conference in September.

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APsystems Launches INSTALLER VIDEO TRAINING Series

APsystems microinverters are unparalleled for speed and ease of installation.

The new online video training series from APsystems guides installers step by step through the fast, hassle-free installation and setup of the flagship YC500 microinverter.

The 12-part series covers fundamentals, tips and best practices for professional installation and system registration.

Topics include
* Installation preparation and safety
* Microinverter rooftop layout
* Cabling, connections and grounding
* Energy Communication Unit gateway basics
* ArrayApp mobile installer tool and much more.

The video series is designed for registered, professional solar installers, and complements our online training webinars, technical manuals and other support resources. To find out how to register as an APsystems installer, visit us here.

Each video is hosted by Christopher Barrett, Director of Engineering and Technical Services for APsystems USA. The entire series runs about 24 minutes, with installments viewable individually or in a single video.

Here’s a look at the first 3 videos in the series. You can view these and other APsystems videos on our YouTube channel http://youtube.com/APsystemsSolar or here on our website.

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APsystems introduces YC500i microinverter with EnergyMax™ designed for high-output PV modules

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SEATTLE – APsystems extends its advanced microinverter line with the new YC500i with EnergyMax™ power handling and integrated ground, now available in North America.

EnergyMax™ technology allows the dual-module unit to produce 274 watts peak output per side (548W total), an almost 10 percent increase in peak power output over conventional microinverters to harvest the power of today’s high-output PV modules.

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“The new generation of solar modules demand a microinverter built to handle dramatic increases in power and output,” said Andrew Nichols, senior vice president of sales, APsystems USA. “With EnergyMax™ technology, we’re able to match the advances in module output capacity and offer higher rates of energy production to customers.”

The YC500i microinverter builds on the same advanced, FPGA chip-based platform as the popular YC500A flagship model. EnergyMax™ technology developed by APsystems maximizes the inverter’s power output for higher energy harvest across the solar array.

The YC500i utilizes a trunk cable, offering installers an alternative to the daisy-chain design of APsystems YC500A microinverters. This provides a solution for installers who favor trunk cable architecture as well as markets where regulatory bodies prefer an integrated ground.

apsystems-YC500I-1-768x512APsystems customers with a cabling preference can now choose—daisy-chain connection with the YC500A or trunk cable connection with the new YC500i with EnergyMax™.

“APsystems has always endeavored to provide flexibility and choice to our installers,” said Chris Barrett, director of engineering and technical services. “Some of our installers have experience utilizing a trunk cable architecture and the YC500i gives them that option in addition to our very popular daisy chain design.”

The YC500i is now available for order through APsystems U.S. distribution channels. Email sales@APsystems.com for ordering information.

Information on the complete APsystems solar microinverter line can be found at www.APsystems.com.

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APsystems exhibiting at BriteStreet Solar Expo, July 27 in CO

Join APsystems at the first-ever BriteStreet Solar Expo, July 27 in Denver, Colo.

Installers can earn up to nine NABCEP credits through this informative, hands-on training event complimented with food, vendor booths and activities.

APsystems will be among more than a dozen leading solar manufacturers offering product demos, promotions and giveaways. We’ll showcase the new YC500i microinverter with EnergyMax, designed to harvest the power of today’s high-output modules, as well as the dynamic ArrayApp all-in-one mobile installer tool for fast system registration and commissioning.

The daylong event also promises a Happy Hour, good food and live music. Don’t miss it!

The BriteStreet Solar Expo runs 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on July 27th.

RSVP and get more information at www.BriteStreet.com.

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Join APsystems at Intersolar North America – July 12-14

APsystems brings dynamic new products and the industry’s best installer rebate to Intersolar North America, July 11-14 in San Francisco.

15e7a5b0-9d2b-4c22-aa39-a90347270b88APsystems will showcase the new YC500i microinverter with EnergyMax™, designed and built for today’s high-output modules. Also new for Intersolar: the ECU Wi-Fi secure gateway, and ArrayApp, the all-in-one installer tool for Apple iOS and Android handheld devices.

The Summer of $16k rebate lets installers earn up to $16,000 in rebates for installing APsystems microinverters – find out more about this outstanding promotion at booth 8647 throughout the show.

APsystems is gearing up for an incredible summer with exciting new innovations, tools to simplify your solar installations and an unprecedented rebate. Join us at Intersolar to learn more.

Email sales@APsystems.com to set up a meeting during this premier solar trade event.
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APsystems builds up EMEA sales and support team

APsystems has solidified its strong market position in the Europe, Middle East a region with key appointments in sales and support.

Cathia Younsi has been named Sales Regional Director Western/South, expanding the APsystems footprint in residential and commercial segments with specific focus on the France, Switzerland, Italy and Portugal markets. She brings over 15 years of sales management experience in global energy and industrial groups including Engie, Suez and Siemens before joining the solar industry with Unisolar other leaders of the industry.

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Aymeric Chollet joins as Sales Manager Western, to focus on channel development with T1 installers in France and Switzerland. Jean Christophe Homar, bringing senior technical sales expertise from 20 years at Schneider Electric, remains Sales Manager Middle East/Africa, focusing on opportunities in South Africa, Morocco, Turkey and Jordan.

Reda Kaismoune has been named Product Trainer West/South and regional technical advisor. Kaismoune brings strong training program design and delivery experience from solar companies such as Sunpower corporation, where he spent seven years.

Chris Pitts starts as Sales Manager Benelux and UK. Chris comes from Bosch Inverter where he was UK Sales Manager for the solar division.

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“Under the leadership of Olivier Jacques, Senior VP and MD for the EMEA region, our team will continue to build to cover the dynamic EMEA region and bring top class expertise for APsystems in the market,” said Maxime Boiron, senior marketing director for the APsystems EMEA regions “We are establishing a sustainable organization in the EMEA region and have currently several open positions in customer support, training and sales to provide our growing customer base the best possible services.”

APsystems EMEA maintains offices in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and in Lyon, France.