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APS USA co-founder Samson a serial solar entrepreneur

APS America CEO Kelly Samson is featured in the latest issue of the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal for his leadership in the solar industry. Thanks to the Journal and writer Rodika Tollefson for the great coverage of APS and our solar future!

Click here to read the article

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APS VP Ludgate a notable hire, Greentech Media says

APS America’s new VP for Business Development Michael Ludgate is among solar industry’s notable hires, says Greentech Media:“Microinverter maker APS America has hired Michael Ludgate as VP of business development. Ludgate was previously Sr. Director of Sales and Marketing for Sharp’s Solar Energy Solutions Group and Kyocera Solar.”Jobs-on-the-move_11_310_224Read the article here: http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/Green-Jobs-Executive-Moves-at-Enbala-Utilidata-Power-Analytics-Solar-Mo
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Meet the APS Team at GTM SOLAR SUMMIT, April 14-16 In Phoenix

APS is bringing its advanced microinverter technology to the 2014 Greentech Media Solar Summit, April 14-16 in Phoenix.Paul Barlock, APS America Senior VP, and Michael Ludgate, VP for Business Development, will promote the APS line at the annual conference sponsored by the Greentech Media. This year’s event is being held at the Wigwam Resort in Phoenix, Ariz.solarsummit“This is a great industry event to explore new innovative opportunities,” Michael Ludgate says. “APS is already ahead of the curve in three-phase microinverter technology, and now the CIGS/Thin Film community is actively exploring our solutions.”Now in its seventh year, the Solar Summit is Greentech Media’s annual solar conference on global market trends, emerging technologies, consumer demand and project financing, organizers say, bringing top decision makers together from around the solar industry. 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 YC500, a two-PV, dual-MPPT microinverter with 500W maximum output, supported by advanced monitoring and analysis.Email the APS team directly at paul.barlock@apsamerica.com and michael.ludgate@apsamerica.com to meet with them during the Greentech Media Solar Summit. Find out more about APS microinverter products at www.usa.apsystems.com.

For information on the 2014 GTM Solar Summit event, see www.greentechmedia.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 power new net-zero neighborhood

APS Microinverters are highlighted in a great Solar Power World feature on the Grow Community development on Bainbridge Island, Wash. Read ‘Welcome to the Net-Zero Neighborhood’ to find out why the developers chose APS Microinverters for the largest planned solar community in Washington. Thank you, Solar Power World!

http://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2014/03/installation-notes-welcome-net-zero-neighborhood/

 

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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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Tim Bailey of Blue Frog Solar/APS America to speak at Solar Washington on March 10

Tim Bailey of Blue Frog Solar and APS America will discuss solar microinverter technology at the March 10 general meeting of Solar Washington.

Tim will join a panel of local solar manufacturers reviewing the history and future of solar inverter technology in Washington State.

tim_baileyTim is a co-founder of Blue Frog Solar and an executive with APS America. APS ranked No. 2 in global market share among top microinverter suppliers by shipments in 2013 (source: GTM Research).

The Solar Washington event runs 6-8 p.m. March 10 in Education Center Classroom 2 at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.

Solar Washington meets during odd months and is free and open to solar and related businesses, homeowners and solar enthusiasts. The meetings are an opportunity to network with industry representatives and learn about current products, services and issues surrounding the solar industry in Washington State.

For those unable to attend the meeting in person, the event will be streamed live at https://global.gotomeeting.com/meeting/join/154050909. See www.solarwashington.org for more information.

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

For more information on APSmicroinverters, see www.usa.apsystems.com or www.bluefrogsolar.com.

 

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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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APS America names Michael Ludgate 
new Vice President for Business Development

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SEATTLE — APS America, a global leader in solar micro inverter technology, has hired Michael Ludgate as Vice President for Business Development.

“We’re gratified to attract someone of Michael’s caliber,” said Kelly Samson, APS America CEO. “Michael knows the solar market, and he’s well known in the industry. He’ll be a dynamic presence as we establish new strategic partnerships for sales and growth.”
Ludgate comes to APS America with over six years in the solar industry, and will lead the company’s sales, business partnership and engagement strategy. Previously, Ludgate served as Senior Director of Sales and Marketing for Sharp’s Solar Energy Solutions Group and Kyocera Solar. As a member of the senior leadership team there, Ludgate successfully developed more than 45MW of commercial solar installations.

michael-apsBefore joining the solar market, he held senior management positions in the high technology sector (20+ years) including Intel Corporation (Managing Director for Storage and Industrial Automation); Hewlett-Packard (head of marketing for two startup initiatives); and Iomega Corporation (General Manager for the $1B Zip storage division).

Michael knows the solar market, and he’s well known in the industry. He’ll be a dynamic presence as we establish new strategic partnerships for sales and growth.” – Kelly Samson, APS America CEO

Ludgate earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from York University (with distinction). He is also the Judging Chair (AZ) for the Clean Tech Open in the Rocky Mountain District.

“We are hitting on all cylinders and our third- and fourth-generation products are well received,” Ludgate said of APS. “Aside from the incredible value proposition that we offer with the YC500 micro inverter, launching the industry’s first three-phase microinverter (YC1000) is an exciting milestone.”

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

APS microinverters convert the DC (direct) current generated by rooftop solar panels into the AC (alternating) current of home appliances and the surrounding power grid. Unlike conventional “string” inverters, which channel all the output from a solar array through a single unit, APS microinverters allow monitoring and management of individual panels in a solar array. APS’ proprietary, chip-based architecture ensures maximum system efficiency and power output in all conditions.

The company’s flagship product is the YC500 microinverter, a powerful unit that handles two solar (PV) panels simultaneously. The new YC1000-3, a groundbreaking microinverter supporting 3-phase power, is an APS exclusive.

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.

For information on APS solar microinverter products, see www.usa.apsystems.com or call 206-855-5100.