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Advance Green Power now offering APS microinverters in Mexico market

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November 11, 2014

Mexico City-based Advance Green Power is bringing APS microinverter technology to the fast-developing Mexico market.

The company will offer APS products as part of its comprehensive line of residential and commercial PV solutions.

Advance Green Power’s mission is to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases while raising awareness of the ecological and economic benefits of sustainable energy, helping individuals and organizations adopt these new technologies to positively impact the environment.

“We are always looking for cutting edge technology in order to offer the best solutions,” said Oscar Jiménez Velázquez, Advance Green Power director general. “Our technology partners in the United States like APS always provide us with the best quality products.”

The agreement comes as APS rapidly expands its presence in new regional markets around the globe. Already the market leader in China and Australia and with a rapidly growing presence in the U.S., APS now offers its advanced microinverter products to customers in Latin America and Europe.

Thomas Nelson, APS vice president of sales, noted that Latin America is a fast-growing region for the solar market.

“Mexico has tremendous potential for clean-energy development, and it’s a natural fit for our microinverter technology,” Nelson said. “We’re pleased to bring our PV solutions to consumers there.”

APS microinverters’ unique chip-based architecture allows each unit to be specially programmed to accommodate the various grid voltages found in different regional markets – a flexibility built into each APS unit and unmatched by other microinverter products.

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 USA, representing APS in the US market, is based near Seattle.

APS ranked No. 2 in global market share among leading microinverter suppliers by shipments in 2013 (source: GTM Research).
For information on Advance Green Power, see www.adgreenpower.com

Information on APS microinverter products can be found at www.usa.apsystems.com.

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APS microinverters to be distributed by US Solar/CFM Equipment

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November 4, 2014

SEATTLE —APs microinverters join the product offerings of US Solar Distributing and CFM Equipment Distributors in a new agreement between the companies.

Sacamento-based CFM is a top distributor of HVAC systems, with locations in Northern California and Nevada, and also offers solar products through those channels. Its subsidiary US Solar deals exclusively in photovoltaics, and works directly with independent solar contractors through locations in California, Hawaii and New Jersey.

apsystems-USsolarThomas Nelson, APs vice president for sales, said the agreement strengthens APS’ position in key markets and adds two knowledgeable partners to the growing distribution channel.

“US Solar Distributing and CFM Equipment are a well-respected presence in the national PV market, and we’re proud to partner with them,” Nelson said.

CFM Equipment Distributors was founded more than 30 years ago and later spun off US Solar as an independent division, with a goal of providing professional contractors with a “one-stop” supply resource.

The companies offer complete lines of photovoltaic equipment, along with design and engineering services, professional training, and same- or next-day shipping throughout North America.

apsystems-cfmAPs 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 USA, representing APS in the US market, is based near Seattle, Washington.

Recent major distribution deals have brought the APS product line to the American Southwest, central California, mountain and mid-Atlantic solar markets.

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

For more information on US Solar and CFM Equipment Distributors,
see www.ussolardistributing.com or www.cfmequipment.com.

Information on APS microinverter products can be found at www.usa.apsystems.com.

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APS, Upsolar team up to offer complete financing and technology package for residential customers

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October 27, 2014

SEATTLE —Global solar technology leaders APS and Upsolar are teaming up to offer a turnkey solar financing and installation package for residential customers.

The partnership unites high-quality PV modules from Upsolar and advanced microinverter technology from APS to maximize system output and accelerate homeowners’ return on investment.

The package is aimed at homeowners who want to capitalize on the many benefits of solar energy without the commitment of a long-term lease. Upsolar’s 20-year Energy Freedom Loan delivers the advantages of system ownership while overcoming the primary barrier to adoption – high upfront cost.

“As more and more homeowners elect to own their own PV systems, instead of locking into a long-term lease, now is the right time to offer an integrated technology and financing solution,” said Stephane Dufrenne, president of Upsolar America. “With APS America and our third-party financing, we are taking an important step towards simplifying and lowering costs of system ownership for residential customers.”

apsystems-UPsolarMichael Ludgate, vice president of business development for APS America, hailed the partnership as an outstanding fit between two emergent and complementary forces in the global solar market.

“Upsolar picked APS to partner with because of our unique microinverter solution, both in technology and cost,” Ludgate said. “The fact that this program allows anyone to own a solar system is a great option for any homeowner.”

The partnership reflects a recent trend in residential solar away from the leasing of solar equipment, in favor of loan options and direct ownership of PV systems. The trend is driven by the declining costs of solar components, including PV modules and inverters, bringing solar investment within reach for homeowners at all levels.

The integrated APS-Upsolar package also allows homeowners to take advantage of strong tax incentives offered by the federal government and many states for solar investment.

Since its founding in 2006, Upsolar has established itself as a leading international developer and producer of high-quality solar photovoltaic modules at competitive prices. The company’s expert team is deeply entrenched in both established and emerging PV markets to accelerate global solar energy adoption, with offices in Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas.

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 USA, representing APS in the US market, is based near Seattle. APS

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

For information, see www.upsolar.com or www.usa.apsystems.com.

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APS microinverters featured in PV solutions by Next Generation Energy

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October 15, 2014

SEATTLE —APS microinverters are now featured in pre-engineered kits and custom solar solutions by Next Generation Energy.

apsystems-ngeNGE is using the YC500 microinverter, APS’ flagship unit, in its own proprietary PV systems. Offering 500 watts maximum output at 95.5 percent peak efficiency, the APS units are ideal for the integrated solar products marketed by NGE.

The NGE integrated PV Solution Kits also include top-tier PV modules and fully flashed racking by Zilla.

NGE chose APS microinverters from among other brands for their leading-edge technology that handles two PV modules per unit with dual performance tracking and optimized power output.

“We are constantly seeking out new and innovative ways to extract the highest levels of power yield from the PV cells in our ready-to-go solar module systems,” said Bill Beedon, marketing and business development manager for NGE. “APS is leading the industry in solar microinverter innovations. Its revolutionary approach of individualized, maximized microinverters paired with its quality products and ease of installation is what separates it from the crowd.”

NGE will feature APS Microinverter products at its SPI booth no. 2052, Oct. 21-23 in Las Vegas.

nge-productThe strategic partnership with NGE is the latest in which APS’ microinverter technology is being integrated with proprietary solar solutions by leading manufacturers.

“APS offers the most advanced microinverter technology on the market, so no surprise it’s finding its way into more integrated solutions,” said Paul Barlock, APS senior vice president. “We’re pleased to partner with solar leaders like NGE to bring this technology to market in new and more creative applications.”

NGE also distributes APS microinverter products as standalone units for grid-tied and off-grid residential and commercial solar applications.
Lafayette, Colorado-based NGE was founded thirty years ago to create simple, globally applicable solutions for capturing and using the free energy of the sun. The company’s pre-engineered and custom-engineered solar solutions are simple, tightly integrated, and easy to use, even for the most complex solar installations.

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.

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

For more information on NGE integrated solar solutions, see www.ngeus.com.

Information on APS microinverter products can be found at www.usa.apsystems.com.

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Clean Energy Distribution to offer APS microinverter line in Colorado market

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October 6, 2014

SEATTLE — APS microinverters have entered the Colorado and greater mountain regional market through a new partnership with Denver-based Clean Energy Distribution.

It marks the latest in a series of pacts with leading distributors for APS this year, bringing the company’s line of advanced microinverter products to solar consumers throughout the American market.

apsystems-cleanenergyColorado is renowned as one of the nation’s most progressive states for solar, with an array of voter-approved, state and local incentives and benchmarks in place to promote alternative energy production. The state ranks third nationwide in terms of installed PV production capacity, with consumer interest and investment in solar at an all-time high.

“Colorado residents are fiercely protective of their environment, and their dedication to solar is a source of pride,” said Michael Ludgate, vice president of business development for APS America. “Being welcomed into this forward-thinking market by a top-line distributor like Clean Energy is another great endorsement for our solar line. Clean Energy put us through real market tests, and we came out on top.”

Jesse Stubbs, CEO for Clean Energy Distribution, said his company was drawn to APS microinverter products for their reputation for innovation, capability and technical support.

“APS offers the most advanced microinverters on the market today, so adding them to our product offerings is a natural,” Stubbs said. “Our installers and end customers will be impressed by the power and reliability the APS solution brings to their solar systems.”

Clean Energy Distribution is a master supplier of solar products in the Colorado market and shipping worldwide. The company has professional talent in solar distributing, large manufacturing companies and solar integration, to provide the best alternative-energy distributing site in America.

Clean Energy Distribution strives to provide customers with excellent service by having live representatives ready to offer support at all times, as well as an online chat through its website for customers’ convenience.

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, Washington.

Recent major distribution deals have brought the APS product line to the Southwest, central California and Eastern Seaboard markets, among others.

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

For more information on Clean Energy Distribution, see www.cleanenergydistribution.com.
Information on APS microinverter products can be found at www.usa.apsystems.com.

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APS now shipping new YC1000 microinverter, a groundbreaking 277/480, 3-phase unit for large-scale commercial applications

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September 30, 2014

APSYSTEMS-inverterSEATTLE — APS, a global leader in solar microinverter technology, will showcase its new YC1000 microinverter for the domestic market at Solar Power International, Oct. 20-23 in Las Vegas.

The YC1000 is the industry’s first true 3-phase solar microinverter, handling 277/480 grid voltages with 900 watts maximum output, ZigBee communication and an integrated ground.

Up to 11 units (44 modules total, 60- or 72-cell) can be linked in a single 15A circuit.

The groundbreaking unit is offered at a price point competitive with conventional “string” inverters, and is now available through the APS network of distributors and installers. Contact sales@apsamerica.com for information.

“The YC1000 is an innovative technology leap,” said Paul Barlock, APS USA senior vice president. “With native 3-phase capability in a microinverter package, large-scale commercial customers now have a significantly better solution for distributed rooftop solar. The YC1000 is a game changer.”

Handling up to four PV modules per unit, the YC1000 microinverter offers 3-phase AC distribution designed to meet demanding commercial applications.

Its proprietary, chip-based architecture was conceived and designed in the USA by APS engineers. Domestic rollout follows rigorous, successful testing in large solar installations overseas.

APS will showcase the YC1000 at booth no. 3124 at the SPI conference. Email sales@apsamerica.com to see the YC1000 microinverter firsthand and discuss specific project or distribution opportunities during the event.

The YC1000 enters the APSmicroinverter line alongside the highly successful YC500, a two-module, dual-MPPT unit for residential applications and the company’s flagship product.

All APS microinverters are designed for integration with the APS Monitor to provide real-time data viewing, or the APS Communicator (performance data module) to offer comprehensive solar array performance monitoring from any web-enabled device.

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.

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

For information on the YC1000 or other exclusive solar microinverter products, contact sales@apsamerica.com or 206-855-5100.

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APS USA names Thomas Nelson new Vice President for Sales

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September 5, 2014

SEATTLE — APS America, a global leader in solar microinverter technology, has hired Thomas Nelson as vice president for sales. He will also work with technical services and international support as collateral duties.

“Thomas brings to APS a depth of industry knowledge and technical expertise, and a long history in the power electronics marketplace,” said Paul Barlock, APS America senior vice president. “His addition to the senior sales staff will be a great asset to the growth of APS’ share in the solar microinverter market.”

thomas_nelsonNelson comes to APS with over seven years in the solar industry. He most recently served as senior director of strategic accounts with UK microinverter firm Enecys, where he oversaw distribution and sales for North, Central and South America and Australia. He has also held sales directorships with SolarBridge, Uni-Solar and Ningbo Solar. His expertise includes solar microinverters and PV modules, utility grid equipment and wireless communication.

He previously worked in the telecommunications industry, including management positions with American Power Conversion, Qualcomm and Verizon Wireless.

Nelson holds an MBA (international business) from Kennedy Western University and a BSAA (industrial management and technology) from Texas State University.

“The adoption of microinverters for use in residential and commercial solar installations is strong and APS is well positioned to become a global dominant force in this space.” Nelson said of APS. “Our current and next generation product offerings are in line to what the market is asking for today by providing an advanced technical solution at a lower LCOE.”

APS has been on an aggressive growth curve in 2014, completing significant distribution deals with leading suppliers in California, the Mountain States region, and the mid-Atlantic market. The company is poised to introduce the YC1000, the world’s first 3-phase, 4-panel microinverter for large commercial applications.
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.

The APS microinverter solution combines highly efficient power inversion with a user-friendly monitoring interface for reliable, intelligent energy. The proprietary system architecture increases solar harvest and ensures maximum output for solar arrays, and the company continues to develop new technologies and products for the marketplace.

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

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APS microinverters to be distributed by Empire Clean Energy Supply in the greater New York market

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August 14, 2014

SEATTLE — APS microinverters will be distributed by Empire Clean Energy Supply, in a first-time partnership between the two companies.

apsystems-ecesThe agreement establishes APS microinverter products in the Mid-Atlantic metropolitan market, where Empire is a major distributor of renewable energy products.

Empire will carry the full line of APS microinverter products, including the flagship YC500, an industry-leading microinverter that handles two PV modules per unit with dual performance tracking and optimized power output.

“As a full-service supplier of photovoltaics, we strive to outfit our installers with the top technology and most reliable products available,” said Bill Feldmann, chief operating officer for Empire Clean Energy Supply. “We’re impressed by APS products, service and support, and we’re glad to offer them in this market.”

APS has been on an aggressive growth curve in 2014, and the agreement with Empire solidifies the brand’s presence on the Eastern Seaboard.

“Empire has really broken ground advancing in the New York market,” said Michael Ludgate, APS vice president for business development. “We’re very pleased to have a company of their stature embrace our product line. It’s another great endorsement for APS microinverters.”

ECES began as a division of Empire Electric, Co. based out of Brooklyn, N.Y., in 2003. An electrical supply house known throughout the industry, Empire decided it was time to join the renewable energy field, and the venture quickly gained momentum and earned a national clientele.

In 2005 ECES moved to its current location in Bohemia, N.Y., on Long Island. ECES later branched away from its parent outfit, becoming a partner company. The partnership of an electrical supply house gave ECES the ability to bring in all necessary electrical components utilized in a solar array, in addition to the main structural components.

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, Washington.

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

For more information on Empire Clean Energy Supply, see www.empirecleanenergy.com.

Information on APS microinverter products can be found at www.usa.apsystems.com.

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Bland Solar & Air to install APS microinverters in California’s Central Valley region

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July 22, 2014

apsystems-blandSEATTLE — Leading California solar distributor Bland Solar & Air will carry APS microinverters, under a new strategic partnership between the two companies.

The agreement introduces APS microinverter products to customers in California’s Central Valley, a dynamic market where solar adoption far outpaces other metropolitan areas nationwide.

In adding the APS microinverter line to their array of solar products, Bland Solar will now be primarily selling the APS microinverter and adopting the APS product as their “go to” microinverter.

“We are choosing APS as our microinverter because they are second to none in their functionality, efficiency and durability,” said Ty Simpson, Director of Sales for Bland Solar & Air. “Their production specifications are becoming the benchmark of what a microinverter should be able to do and produce.”

Higher power handling and output allows APS microinverters to be paired with PV modules up to 310 watts, with a single unit handling two modules — another bonus for system designers and end customers, he said.

Simpson also praised the APS technical support team for its “uncanny” response time, and cited the company’s ability to fulfill product orders faster than other manufacturers.

Michael Ludgate, vice president for APS America, hailed the agreement and praised Bland’s leadership among California solar distributors and installers.

“For the past seven years, Bland Solar had been exclusively using the industry leading microinverter brand, and their switch to APS is a strong endorsement,” Ludgate said. “Bland Solar has a proven reputation for excellent customer service and providing significant value to their customers. We’re pleased to partner with Bland in a community where solar power has been so widely and enthusiastically embraced by consumers.”

Fresno ranks No. 1 among US metropolitan areas in solar capacity installed per capita, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratories’ Open PV Project.

Bland Solar & Air has served California’s Central Valley area, including Fresno and Bakersfield, with HVAC and solar electric services since 1985. Sister company CalCom Solar serves agricultural and commercial clients throughout Central California.

Bland Solar services include system design, installation and maintenance, zero-down financing, and PV system training for aspiring solar industry professionals.

APS was founded in the 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, Washington.

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

Information on Bland Solar & Air can be found at www.blandsolar.com

Information on APS microinverter products can be found at www.usa.apsystems.com.

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APS microinverters to be distributed by Utilities Supply Corp. in Florida, Caribbean markets

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May 22, 2014

SEATTLE — APS microinverter products will be distributed by Miami-based Utilities Supply Corp., under a first-time agreement between the two companies.

The partnership establishes APS microinverter products in the Florida and Caribbean markets, following recent distribution deals in Nevada and California.

“By working with Utilities Supply Corp., APS enters the Caribbean market with products that meet the challenging environmental conditions there,” said Paul Barlock, Senior Vice President for APS America. “The innovative and highly reliable APS products are a great fit for Utilities Supply and its customers.”

UnknownUtilities Supply Corp. executives praised the unique, chip-based architecture of APS microinverters that allows each unit to be easily programmed to suit any power grid profile. The Caribbean island grid includes a number of different technical standards, including British, Dutch, German, French and American, making inverter compatibility a key challenge for solar installers. Because they meet these varied technical demands, Utilities Supply will use and distribute APS microinverters exclusively.

“With APS we can program inverter to grid spec, not grid to inverter,” said Mario Fajardo, managing member for Utilities Supply Corp. “That’s a huge advantage.”

Utilities Supply has already deployed APS microinverters in two solar installations on the island of Aruba in the Dutch Antilles, including one for N.V. Elmar, the island’s electrical provider. Five more APS-based installations are underway, three at a large hotel chain. Distribution of APS microinverter products is also beginning in Jamaica.

“APS has the pulse of the market,” Fajardo said. “They bring stable, consistent products with pricing that helps distributors and end users meet their goal to transition to renewable energy, with realistic and affordable options. Also, the APS support team is awesome.”

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. Based near Seattle, APS America supplies and services APS products in North America.

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 solar energy for residential and commercial applications.

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

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

For information on Utilities Supply Corp., see www.utilitiesupply.com, email sales@yourstore.com, or call (305) 600-0426.