How String Inverters Are Changing Solar Management on the Grid

As solar PV becomes cost-competitive across most of the globe, more is being asked of these power plants as they are integrated onto electric grids that were mostly designed for one-way power flows and centralized sources of generation. The rise of intermittent solar offers challenges and opportunities for how the electric grid is managed, especially when multi-phase string inverters are considered.

Thanks to falling prices and project developers’ growing awareness of the operations and maintenance (O&M) and installation benefits, an increasing proportion of large solar PV projects built around the world will include multi-phase string inverters. Learn how string inverters are creating a new paradigm for how solar power plants can interact with, and support, power grids across the globe.

The Financial Impact of Net Energy Metering 2.0 Policy

Net Energy Metering (NEM) 2.0 is now the official utility rate policy for solar customers in California – but few people truly understand what it means for the returns of residential solar installations. For most solar professionals looking to design the highest return systems for their customers, the general rule of thumb has been to maximize energy production and offset about 95% of a household’s energy usage. However, the introduction of mandatory Time of Use rates and non-bypassable charges is changing that design paradigm, and will force the industry to adapt accordingly.

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