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The Smart option with SolarEdge

by james@pluggedin.media

SolarEdge has launched its Smart Modules with integrated Power Optimizers for the UK residential market.

SolarEdge says it is bringing its vision of increased energy sufficiency for UK homes a step closer with the introduction of its Smart Module series with integrated Power Optimizers.

The launch marks the first availability of SolarEdge Smart Modules in the UK and the company says it represents an important milestone in its strategy to provide residential customers with a holistic, end-to-end home solar energy management solution. 
SolarEdge says its advanced DC-optimised inverter and Power Optimizer solution overcomes the limitations of traditional string-based PV systems to deliver more energy output, reduce maintenance costs and mitigate safety risks.

The new SolarEdge Smart Modules combine the benefits of the company’s Power Optimizers with the latest split-cell PV module technology to deliver increased power output in a highly durable and easy-to-install package.

Available for order now, the range includes a choice of 355-360W all-black modules for more aesthetically appealing roofs, and 370W black-framed modules for system owners looking to generate even more power from their solar installation.   
Christelle Barnes, UK Country Manager at SolarEdge, commented: “We’re excited to introduce our Smart Module solution to the UK, following a roll-out in Australia and across Europe. Since 2006, SolarEdge has invested heavily in developing industry-leading solutions that enable residential and commercial customers to harness the full power of solar technology, driving down their energy costs and carbon footprint. Today’s announcement marks the next stage in this journey.” 
The company says SolarEdge Power Optimizers increase energy output from solar installations by constantly tracking the maximum power point of each module, thereby reducing the mismatch power losses that typically occur in traditional string inverter systems due to issues such as shading or soiling. The SolarEdge topology also enables more efficient use of all available roof space. This allows the maximum number of modules to be installed, ensuring the system produces the most energy possible. 
Other customer benefits include the ability to track the performance of solar installations at a module level via SolarEdge’s cloud-based Monitoring Platform. SolarEdge says this ensures that in the unlikely event of a problem, the source can be quickly identified and remedied, keeping energy losses to a minimum. Meanwhile, the company says peace of mind is provided by a raft of inbuilt safety features. This includes SafeDC which provides automatic module-level voltage shutdown should the install need to be accessed, for example during installation or maintenance or in the unlikely event of a fire.
SolarEdge says the Smart Module solution is also designed with ease of installation in mind. Benefits to installers are said to include reduced installation time and costs as there is no need to mount the Power Optimizers separately, improved cable management, and streamlined logistics with fewer parts to order, easier servicing and a single product warranty. Additionally, for simplified operation and maintenance, SolarEdge points out that serial numbers are located on the front of the Smart Modules and this enables easy scanning of both the Smart Module and Power Optimizer, facilitating faster mapping of the physical site layout in the Monitoring Platform. 
Barnes concluded: “Residential customers all over the world are looking for higher performing, more reliable solutions that enable them to harness the power of solar. At the same time, SolarEdge remains committed to helping installers work more efficiently and more profitably. The Smart Module series meets these needs by offering the proven benefits of our DC-optimised solution in an aesthetically-pleasing and easy-to-install package. With this launch, we are now a step closer to achieving our goal to provide residential customers with an end-to-end solar energy management solution that can grow in line with their evolving energy needs.”


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