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Solar Power International: Interesting Sightings

Today I saw quite a few interesting products that can be applicable to our market in Southwest Florida. Here are a few highlights.

  • Canadian Solar is coming out with a three-phase AC solar module with a microinverter integrated. Release is expected in January 2013 pending UL listing. This could greatly simplify commercial installations.
  • QuickMount PV has a great looking roof flashing for small conduit up to 1″. This will be great for bringing PV wires into the attic.
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  • Exeltech has a true AC PV module with the inverter completely replacing the junction box. The cabling solution allows varying distance between modules.
  • A company right down the road in Marco Island is offering
    preengineered solar carports. This relationship will help us offer a locally designed option that meets local wind codes.
  • I have to convince my boss to buy us a FLIR infrared imaging device to confirm solar pool heat panel and system flow performance. There are some very effective low-cost devices now available.
  • S-5! has more than a few corrugated roof clamps for solar mounting. The array of clamps now available is amazing!
  • I finally saw Outback’s battery and enclosure in person. The clear front on the enclosure is great for visual inspection. They also have a rack mounted lithium ion battery offering that works with Radian inverter systems.
  • Enphase introduced the ArrayGun, which allows scanning of microinverter serial numbers and building the inverter array map at the installation site. This will speed up the process of getting PV data monitoring in place. I was on the leader board for “fastest gun.”
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  • The solar thermal section was very sparse, with only a couple of water heating companies exhibiting.

The word going around the expo floor was that the conference was not particularly well attended. There seemed to be much more elbow room for sure this year. However, President Clinton is preparing to speak, and a long line is forming.

Overall, the opportunity to meet colleagues in person on “my turf” was well worth the three hour drive up from Fort Myers. Hopefully the event brought light to the state of the solar industry in Florida. I look forward to fostering the new relationships forged here at Solar Power International 2012.

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