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More power, smart-grid ready with new YC600 microinverter

The powerful new YC600 microinverter from APsystems is the forward-thinking choice in all solar markets. Seattle-area installer Puget Sound Solar chose the YC600 for a recent residential installation in the Magnolia neighborhood, where homeowners will benefit from the 300VA peak output to take maximum advantage of Washington state’s progressive net metering program. The 7.7kW system called for 22 modules arrayed over four distinct roof slopes on the multi-story home, using APsystems microinverters for design flexibility. Inherently smart-grid compliant with Reactive Power Control technology, the YC600 is designed and built for utility-interactive requirements today and into the future.

Installer: Puget Sound Solar
Location: Magnolia neighborhood, Seattle
Installation Date: 2018
System capacity (kw): 7.7kW
Microinverter: APsystems YC600
No. of Microinverters: 11
Number of modules: 22
Module brand/wattage: LG 350W, 60 cell

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APsystems EMA mobile app now features module-level monitoring

Hand-Phone-EMA-module-monitoringAPsystems now offers the same, widely popular module-level monitoring features from its online EMA portal in its convenient mobile app. The EMA app displays solar array power production by day and month, as well as current panel-by-panel performance.

The app also features a date selection tool which displays module-level performance on a specific date and time for even more in-depth monitoring.

In module view, users can select a specific module to view details, view a time-lapse or scrub through the timeline with their finger, and pinch the screen to zoom in or out.

These new EMA app features offer solar system owners even more ways to monitor their system performance, troubleshoot issues and even showcase their energy independence to their friends! Find out more about APsystems mobile apps here.

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White paper: APsystems improves compatibility with Victron storage solution

Screen Shot 2018-03-15 at 10.44.09 AMWhile APsystems microinverters remain compatible with a wide variety of storage solutions, our engineers took a look at a few microinverter firmware features which could enhance compatibility with storage solution components like Victron’s battery charger. Through a power output frequency shift, the charge controller is able to gradually ratchet the amount of solar energy provided to the batteries up or down, as opposed to a simple on/off operation, resulting in a smoother charging process and improved battery life. Click here to download the white paper.

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Hard facts on soft costs

Installers — does your solar equipment-of-choice play well together? Using integrated systems on cabling and racking can save on soft costs like installation time and truck rolls. Hardwired gateways can head off connection dropouts and failures. Find these and other time- and money-saving tips in “Install Tips: Choose products that reduce soft costs,” now at solarpowerworldonline.com

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APsystems YC600 smart-grid microinverter NOW SHIPPING in USA

The world’s most advanced solar microinverter, the smart-grid compliant YC600 from APsystems, is now shipping in the U.S. market.

A true utility-interactive microinverter with Reactive Power Control (RPC) technology, the YC600 meets CA Rule 21 requirements and is NEC 2014/2017 Rapid Shutdown compliant. The YC600 sets a bold new standard for solar microinverter technology, boasting an unprecedented 300VA peak output per channel and accommodating 60- and 72-cell PV modules.

A wider MPPT voltage range than competing brands means greater energy harvest for homeowners, and the unit is shelled in a rugged, NEMA 6/IP67, powder-coated aluminum enclosure, bucking today’s trend of plastic casings.

The YC600 builds on the successful APsystems line of multi-module microinverters, simplifying installation while reducing installation costs and time on the job site.

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YC600 features include:

  • Dual-module microinverter with independent MPPT
  • Utility-interactive with Reactive Power Control (RPC)
  • CA Rule 21 compliance
  • Continuous power of 274VA per channel, 300VA peak
  • Accommodates modules from 250-365W+
  • Wide MPPT voltage range (22V-45V)
  • Meets NEC 2014/2017 690.12 Rapid Shutdown requirements
  • ZigBee communication & free monitoring

Contact your local distributor or sales.usa@APsystems.com to bring the YC600 to your customers today.

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APsystems expands EMA system monitoring & alert capabilities

New features provide comprehensive visibility and enhanced remote troubleshooting

APsystems proudly announces new system monitoring alert capabilities within its online EMA portal. The new alerts will improve communication regarding any production and communication issues with an enhanced email alert protocol, giving installers and homeowners further insight into any potential issues affecting their systems.

While the APsystems EMA has always provided system production reports and alerts, the new alerts will be more targeted, more frequent and more informative.

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  1. System alerts will notify an installer if one of their installed systems has an inverter that ceases producing energy.
  2. Registration alerts are issued in the case of inaccurate or incomplete system registration.
  3. Communication interrupt alerts will notify installers in cases where their ECU gateway ceases communicating properly with the EMA online monitoring system which could indicate an interruption of communication between inverters, ECU and/or EMA; or simply a local internet, ISP or router issue.
  4. Production alerts will notify installers of unusually low power production at the individual inverter level, giving them an opportunity to check status online and verify proper operation.

These alerts offer installers a more refined tool for notification and troubleshooting of potential system issues. As with any apparent issue, APsystems always recommends contacting our technical support team if you suspect a problem. Most issues can be reviewed and resolved online and without a truck roll.

Changes made to the EMA are seamless and will be automatically available to all new registered systems and over 31,000 existing APsystems installations worldwide.

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APsystems distributors have you covered

APsystems advanced microinverter technology is now more widely available than ever.  
With new top-tier distributors and financing platforms joining our network, APsystems microinverters are now available in all 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico. With more than 31,000 systems and 282 GWh of energy produced worldwide, no wonder APsystems ranks no. 2 in global market share among independent microinverter suppliers. 
 
Contact your local distributor or sales.usa@APsystems.com to find the authorized distributor in your area for outstanding pricing and fast fulfillment. 
 
Wherever you are, APsystems has you covered.
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APsystems brings groundbreaking YC600 microinverter to CSPE, March 27-28

APsystems brings the new YC600 grid-interactive microinverter to the California Solar Power Expo, March 27-28 in San Diego.

Christopher Barrett, senior director of engineering for APsystems, will offer a training session 1:45-2:45pm PT on Tuesday March 27,  introducing this groundbreaking new utility-interactive microinverter with Reactive Power Control (RPC) technology. The pinnacle of microinverter technology, the YC600 meets CA Rule 21 requirements and is inherently NEC 2014/2017 Rapid Shutdown compliant.

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The seminar is registered to confer 2 NABCEP CE credits. Contact support.usa@APsystems.com to register today.

Find the APsystems team at Booth 58 in the Lower Level Exhibit Hall of the San Diego Convention Center.

The California Solar Power Expo is an interactive event designed for solar, smart energy, and storage professionals who are working in and with the California solar market to make powerful business connections. The event will feature exhibitor-led training for installers, contractors, developers and the entire solar and storage supply chain, as well as networking opportunities.

More than 70 exhibitors and 1,500 attendees are expected.

Click here for more information on this year’s California Solar Power Expo, or email sales.usa@APsystems.com to set up a meeting during this year’s event.

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Gold Sponsor APsystems offers training at NABCEP, March 19-22

APsystems will offer installer training at the NABCEP Continuing Education Conference 2018, March 19-22 in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Presenters will be John Doerr, APsystems applications engineer and Gonzalo Caballero, NABCEP certified technical services specialist.

Seminars include:

  • Commercial Three Phase Microinverter Solutions–Includes Design for Communication, Tuesday, March 20th, 1:30-3:00 p.m. in the Governor’s Amphitheatre
  • Microinverters in the Residential Environment: APsystems YC500 & YC600 Dual-Module Solutions – Wednesday, March 21st, 8-9:30 a.m., Governor’s Amphitheatre.

To register for the seminars, log into your NABCEP profile and choose one or both of the titles above.

APsystems is a Gold Sponsor and exhibitor at this year’s conference. See the conference schedule and other exhibition details here.

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About our presenters:

John Doerr contributes over 30 years of experience in management with startups, manufacturing and customer support, as well as national and international consulting. His work includes development and contractor management of commercial, residential and multifamily projects. John provides the pre- and post-sales technical training and supports installer needs for application engineering and design.

Gonzalo Caballero has been working in the PV industry for 8 years and holds the position of Technical Services Specialist with APsystems. He has previously held positions with iTek and Blue Frog Solar, consulted for NWIEC & H2E Corp and is a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional.

About the NABCEP CE Conference: This conference is primarily intended for NABCEP Certified Professionals who need continuing education credits in order to maintain their certification. The content presented in this conference is geared toward seasoned PV industry professionals who have several years of installation and/or technical sales experience. This is the ideal opportunity for NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professionals and PV Technical Sales Professionals to obtain all of the continuing education credits needed for recertification (18 hours every three years). Non-certified professionals can earn up to 18 hours toward certification eligibility.  Information: www.nabcep.org.

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MOSEIA Installer training, March 7

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MARCH 7:  RoofTech Frameless Racking Installation &  APsystems Microinverters

Location: French Gerleman‘s Lenexa Kansas branch: 9735 Commerce Parkway, Lenexa, KS 66219

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Schedule:

8:30 AM – 9:50 AM – RoofTech – Frameless racking installation (1 Credit NABCEP for training)

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – APsystems – Microinverters (3 Credit NABCEP for training)

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM – Lunch

SIGN UP FOR TRAINING HERE