Sol-Ark | September 13, 2023
On September 12, 2023, Sol-Ark, a leading solar and energy storage technology company, announced that it selected Enteligent's NMax Rapid Shutdown with Optimization platform for its line of direct-current (DC) module-level power electronics (MLPE) product line.
Sol-Ark's 0900-80V, powered by Enteligent, offers exceptional utility for photovoltaic (PV) solar adapters. The company recognized the market potential of 0900–80V as more than just a rapid shutdown device (RSD) and designed it to go beyond this role. By integrating the essential safety features of an RSD with additional energy optimization and data monitoring capabilities, this device provides a comprehensive solution to meet the core needs of Sol-Ark's customers.
The power optimization feature of the Sol-Ark 900-80V, powered by Enteligent, operates only when necessary, thus resulting in maximum energy efficiency, reduced internal heat generation, and increased device lifespan. When factors such as shading, snow loads, varying angles of incidence, or other conditions affect the output of PV modules, the embedded microprocessor adjusts the current output of each PV module to optimize Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) both individually and across the entire string.
According to Sol-Ark's testing, the Enteligent-powered 0900-80V module delivers between 25% and 38% more power under shaded conditions than rival RSD products.
The panel-level data is transmitted using powerline communications (PLC), simplifying installation without the need for a wireless network or additional wiring. This data can be accessed through Sol-Ark's PV Pro monitoring platform or a Windows application on a connected PC, enabling installers to verify installation integrity, assisting service personnel in troubleshooting performance issues, and allowing homeowners to monitor the performance of their solar investment.
Tom Brennan, the CEO and CTO of Sol-Ark, commented,
Initially, I was skeptical that panel-level optimization would provide any appreciable benefit over the string-level MPPT of the inverter and the PV module diodes, but once we tested Enteligent’s technology, we knew this product would be a game-changer. The increased power optimization, the addition of panel-level monitoring, and the unique longevity of this device will provide exceptional benefits for our customers.
[Source: Business Wire]
Sol-Ark is a leading energy technology company committed to reducing society's dependence on the vulnerable power grid by introducing innovative and sustainable technology solutions. Over the course of more than a decade, Sol-Ark has earned the trust of industry leaders, including Fortune 50 companies in telecommunications, retail, prominent technology firms, and even the world's largest space agency. The company's extensive ecosystem comprises numerous distributors, installers, EPCs (engineering, procurement, and construction companies), integrators, and battery manufacturers, forming a formidable network that is reshaping energy resilience for both residential and commercial purposes.
Enteligent, headquartered in California, is a pioneering developer of intelligent solar power optimization and solar electric vehicle (EV) charging technologies. With a steadfast commitment to elevating energy utilization, enhancing returns on energy investments, and facilitating pivotal changes in energy consumption patterns for the impending green electrification revolution, Enteligent is at the forefront of sustainable energy innovation. Its NMax photovoltaic module power optimizers leverage intelligent digital technology to dynamically adapt optimization timings and deliver panel-level monitoring data. This transformative approach results in increased rooftop energy yield, improved energy harvesting efficiency, and heightened system reliability.
Greenworks | September 07, 2023
On September 6, 2023, Greenworks, a leader in battery technology for over two decades, announced, the launch plan for an innovative lineup of battery-powered transportation options, including an electric minibike, go-kart, three e-bikes, a UTV and a scooter. This comprehensive portfolio marks the first extensive range of e-transportation vehicles running on widely adopted lithium-ion battery platforms, aligned with Greenworks' commitment to advancing clean energy solutions.
The Greenworks electric Go-Kart and Minibike are currently available at select Tractor Supply stores, TractorSupply.com, and greenworkstools.com. The three E-Bikes, Scooter, and UTV will become accessible online and in select retailers in early 2024.
Greenworks introduces the following innovative transportation options:
Electric Go-Kart: Featuring dual rear hub motors, this go-kart reaches speeds of up to 25 MPH and offers a range of up to 20 miles on a single charge.
Electric Minibike: Providing more power and speed than a comparable gas minibike, it delivers speeds of up to 25 MPH and a range of up to 20 miles.
Electric Utility Bikes: Including two models - one with fat tires and another designed for off-road adventures - offering a maximum speed of 20 MPH and ranges up to 50 minutes or 20 miles.
Electric Commuter Bike: Designed for urban travel, it reaches speeds of up to 20 MPH and offers a range of up to 22 miles.
Electric Scooter: With a max speed of 18 MPH and a range of up to 14 miles, it provides an efficient and enjoyable mode of transportation.
Electric UTV: A two-seat UTV designed for adventure, with a range of up to 20 miles and a maximum speed of 15 MPH.
Greenworks' lithium-ion battery platforms power over 75 indoor and outdoor products for the 60V and 80V platforms and over 125 products for the 24V platform, encompassing a wide range of tools and appliances.
These sporty battery-powered products offer users a cost-effective and eco-friendly means of travel. They eliminate the need for gas, reduce noise, enhance convenience, and promise enjoyable adventures. The products cater to various transportation needs, whether it's daily commuting, leisure rides, or outdoor exploration. These electric transportation options align with Greenworks' vision of a cleaner and more powerful future driven by clean energy solutions. They provide cost-effective, eco-friendly, and convenient transportation alternatives.
Greenworks, a pioneer in battery technology for over two decades, is dedicated to championing a cleaner energy future. The company specializes in creating, producing, and marketing a broad range of high-quality, cost-effective battery-powered products tailored to the needs of modern consumers, whether they are at home, in the workplace, or on the move. Greenworks offers a versatile selection of five distinct battery platforms, ranging from 24-volt to 82-volt, each compatible with a wide range of power tools, outdoor equipment, and lifestyle products.
Business Wire | October 06, 2023
Tigo Energy, Inc. a leading provider of intelligent solar and energy storage solutions, announced the launch of the Green Glove service program to provide a premium support experience for installers of commercial and industrial (C&I) systems. The Green Glove program enhances the installer experience and drives quality across the solar value chain with a process that includes a set of formalized support engagements for Tigo C&I installers before, during, and after the installation.
After registering online, Green Glove support personnel work with the installer to determine the scope of the engagement, which can include service scheduling, technical training preconditions, and potential site visit requirements. Tigo customers can expect a no-cost design review prior to installation, on-call support from regional Tigo locations during installation, and a post-installation review and follow-up discussion to answer outstanding questions and gather feedback on the installation experience. Tigo-based commercial and industrial solar systems commissioned prior to March 2024 are eligible for the Green Glove program. Systems based on non-Tigo MLPE devices may also be eligible for a fee-based service under Green Glove program. This expansion of the Tigo Green Glove program continues the Company’s mission to deliver quality solar as well as rapid shutdown safety by enhancing the resources available to solar installers.
“While no two commercial solar systems are alike, some best practices for design and installation are nearly universal, and the Green Glove program extends our engineering and field experience to our installer customers,”
said James JD Dillon, CMO at Tigo Energy.
The philosophy behind this program is to strengthen the connective tissue within the solar value chain, bridging the strength Tigo has in designing solar hardware with the strength our installer partners have in deploying solar. While we are separate companies, our end customers should feel confident that the various entities that bring it all together collaborate and serve them by working together.
[Source – Business Wire]
In support of the Green Glove program, training and continuing education designed to build and reinforce the commercial solar installer skill set are delivered via the Tigo Academy platform. The platform delivers an installer curriculum that connects high-quality solar and storage products to best practices during the design and installation phases. Successfully completed Tigo Academy learning modules are eligible for North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners Continuing Education Credits (CEC).
About Tigo Energy
Founded in 2007, Tigo is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of smart hardware and software solutions that enhance safety, increase energy yield, and lower operating costs of residential, commercial, and utility-scale solar systems. Tigo combines its Flex MLPE (Module Level Power Electronics) and solar optimizer technology with intelligent, cloud-based software capabilities for advanced energy monitoring and control. Tigo MLPE products maximize performance, enable real-time energy monitoring, and provide code-required rapid shutdown at the module level. The company also develops and manufactures products such as inverters and battery storage systems for the residential solar-plus-storage market.
Leeward Renewable Energy | October 13, 2023
Leeward Renewable Energy (LRE) has achieved key milestones in its Big Plain Solar, GSG Wind, and White Wing Ranch Solar projects, marked by the signing of Renewable Energy Purchase Agreements (REPAs) with Verizon Communications Inc. These developments comprise the completion of the 196 MW Big Plain Solar facility in Madison County, Ohio, the repowering of the GSG Wind project in Lee and Lasalle Counties, Illinois, and the commencement of construction at the White Wing Ranch Solar facility in Yuma County, Arizona, anticipated to become operational in the second half of 2024. The GSG Wind project is set to create approximately 180 construction jobs and aims for a December 2023 operational date.
Jason Allen, LRE’s Chief Executive Officer, said,
LRE is thrilled to reach these significant project milestones with Verizon as we continue to develop innovative renewable energy solutions to meet their needs and sustainability goals.
[Source – Business Wire]
Today’s announcement underscores LRE’s unwavering commitment to advancing the energy transition in the U.S. and making a substantial, positive impact in the communities where the company operates, added Jason.
These three renewable energy projects - Big Plain Solar, GSG Wind, and White Wing Ranch Solar - will have a combined capacity of nearly 450 MW, contributing significantly to Verizon's sustainability objectives. Additionally, this aligns with Leeward Renewable Energy, LLC's overarching growth strategy, designed to solidify the company's status as a leading renewable energy provider in the United States. With aspirations to reach approximately 10 gigawatts (GW) of operating and contracted capacity by 2026, this strategic expansion underscores LRE's commitment to environmental sustainability and clean energy solutions.
Each Leeward Renewable Energy (LRE) initiative is thoughtfully tailored to cater to local communities' unique requirements while fostering economic growth and environmental benefits. The commitment to sustainable practices extends beyond power generation. At Big Plain Solar, LRE's collaboration with Clark State College reflects a dedication to preparing the next generation of leaders for careers in the renewable energy industry. At GSG Wind, LRE's environmental commitment is evident in its pledge to recycle or repurpose 100 percent of the decommissioned wind turbine blades. In the case of White Wing Ranch Solar, innovative land management strategies are being pursued to support the renewal of native desert ecosystems, underscoring LRE's dedication to environmental stewardship and community engagement.
About Leeward Renewable Energy
Leeward Renewable Energy is a forward-thinking renewable energy enterprise committed to shaping a sustainable future. With ownership and operation of a diversified portfolio of 26 wind, solar, and energy storage facilities spanning the United States, totaling approximately 2,700 megawatts of generating capacity, LRE is at the forefront of advancing clean energy solutions. Their active engagement in developing and contracting new renewable energy projects underscores their dedication to growth and innovation in the sector. The company embraces a holistic, full-lifecycle approach to project management underpinned by a long-term ownership model and an unwavering culture driven by purpose. This culture is centered on creating value for community partners while safeguarding and enhancing the environment. As a portfolio company of OMERS Infrastructure, an investment arm of OMERS, one of Canada's most extensive defined pension plans with C$127.4 billion in net assets as of June 30, 2023, LRE combines financial strength with a vision for a cleaner, more sustainable energy landscape.