APsystems reveals competitive edge on Solar Power World podcast

A smart microinverter takes a smart chip – and every APsystems unit has one inside.
The powerful FPGA chip that drives APsystems advanced microinverters is among the topics covered by Solar Power World editor Kathie Zipp and Jason Higginson, APsystems senior director of marketing, during a recent interview.

The pair sat down recently for an informative program on solar technology, the fast-growing Module Level Power Electronics segment and other topics.

Listen to the podcast here.

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APS Microinverters good for the environment and the economy, China TV says

When producers for the television show Travel Around China asked how Jiaxing residents could “get rich,” the answer was solar.

China energy policy encourages citizens to put PV systems on their homes, to earn government subsidies and sell the extra electricity back to the grid. That’s where the APS Microinverter comes in – as a key component of the residential PV systems that are turning up in great numbers in Chinese cities and across the countryside.

“APS’ goal is that every family can be able to install a solar system at their house,” APS co-founder, CEO and President Dr. Zhi-Min Ling told the Travel Around China program. “We provide the most efficient, convenient and smart solutions for the public to make our garden greener.”

During the interview, Dr. Ling explained how a home PV system works, and how the APS Energy Monitoring and Analysis software allows residents to track their system’s productivity in real time.

The Chinese government strongly supports development of distributed energy systems throughout the country, both to protect the environment and for citizens’ economic benefit. This includes subsidies for homeowners who install their own PV array, so residential systems are becoming more commonplace next to larger commercial installations.

Safer and more efficient than central “string” inverters, APS Microinverters are an ideal fit for these household PV systems.

APS America names Thomas Nelson new Vice President for Sales

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September 5, 2014

SEATTLE — APS America, a global leader in solar microinverter technology, has hired Thomas Nelson as vice president for sales. He will also work with technical services and international support as collateral duties.

“Thomas brings to APS a depth of industry knowledge and technical expertise, and a long history in the power electronics marketplace,” said Paul Barlock, APS America senior vice president. “His addition to the senior sales staff will be a great asset to the growth of APS ’ share in the solar microinverter market.”

thomas_nelsonNelson comes to APS with over seven years in the solar industry. He most recently served as senior director of strategic accounts with UK microinverter firm Enecys, where he oversaw distribution and sales for North, Central and South America and Australia. He has also held sales directorships with SolarBridge, Uni-Solar and Ningbo Solar. His expertise includes solar microinverters and PV modules, utility grid equipment and wireless communication.

He previously worked in the telecommunications industry, including management positions with American Power Conversion, Qualcomm and Verizon Wireless.

Nelson holds an MBA (international business) from Kennedy Western University and a BSAA (industrial management and technology) from Texas State University.

“The adoption of microinverters for use in residential and commercial solar installations is strong and APS is well positioned to become a global dominant force in this space.” Nelson said of APS. “Our current and next generation product offerings are in line to what the market is asking for today by providing an advanced technical solution at a lower LCOE.”

APS hs been on an aggressive growth curve in 2014, completing significant distribution deals with leading suppliers in California, the Mountain States region, and the mid-Atlantic market. The company is poised to introduce the YC1000, the world’s first 3-phase, 4-panel microinverter for large commercial applications.
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. APS America, representing APS in the US market, is based near Seattle.

The APS Microinverter solution combines highly efficient power inversion with a user-friendly monitoring interface for reliable, intelligent energy. The proprietary system architecture increases solar harvest and ensures maximum output for solar arrays, and the company continues to develop new technologies and products for the marketplace.

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

APS distributor Blue Frog Solar featured on local business journal

APS distributor Blue Frog Solar of Poulsbo, WA, and its Simple Solar program got some great press this week with an in-depth feature in the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal.

The KPBJ gives a comprehensive look at the incentives that make Washington solar such a great deal — and Simple Solar, which makes it easier than ever to make the move to energy self-sufficiency. It’s a great move for both existing homes and new construction.

As the Business Journal notes:

Blue Frog is collaborating on the largest residential solar project in Kitsap County — Bainbridge Island’s Grow Community, a project of real estate development and investment firm Asani. It’s an example of effectively designing and building homes to accommodate rooftop solar panels.
“We knew from the outset that our goal was to create a net-zero community using solar,” says Marja Preston, senior director of development at Asani and owner of a solar home at Grow. “So everything there was designed, including the apartments, so we could get enough solar panels on the roof to provide all the energy needed for the homeowner.”

Blue Frog’s Simple Solar program and partner installer A&R Solar of Seattle count on advanced microinverter technology from APS in all installations — including Grow Community, now the largest planed solar development in Washington state.

Read the whole story here.  

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Sun & Wind Energy bullish on APS Microinverters

63Microinverter technology is the future of solar, and APS Microinverters are in the vanguard of this trend.

APS is among the companies surveyed in “Two Groundbreaking PV Technologies,” a feature article in a recent edition of Sun & Wind Energy magazine. The report on module-level power electronics – the catch-all category for microinverters and DC optimizers – touts the growth of the global microinverter industry.

The magazine cites technical developments, cost reduction and the range of new integrated PV products as among the factors driving the MLPE industry.

“Our success in the global market demonstrates that microinverters are the new paradigm for PV power inversion,” Paul Barlock, APS senior vice president, tells Sun & Wind Energy. “Microinverters are the best solution for all rooftop applications.”

The magazine goes on to discuss the APS YC 1000, the world’s first true 3-phase, 4-panel microinverter, due to the domestic market in 2014.

Read the whole story here.

APS Microinverters are Solar Builder’s cover story for July/August edition

UnknownAPS has reimagined the possibilities of the solar microinverter, and the national media are taking notice. Solar Builder magazine features APS Microinverters on the cover of their July/August edition with a lengthy feature story, “Rethinking Microinverters: APS America changes the game with microinverters that power multiple PV modules.”

The cover story touts our advanced APS Microinverter technology and the real per-watt costs savings that come with our dual-module microinverter units.

“Our big leap forward was to be able to do a dual that is not twice as big as the single,” APS CEO Kelly Samson says in the story. “There’s a lot of dual use of parts inside that box. The box is 60 percent bigger than a single. That does a lot of magic things for you — makes the box smaller and lighter, makes it more efficient, less costly to manufacture, cheaper to ship and we have a significant price advantage over the competition.”

Read the whole story here.

2014 Trends: Solar Module-Level Power Electronics – Solar Power World

Product reliability distinguishes top microinverter brands, APS VP Michael Ludgate tells Solar Power World in a new article on MLPE trends. Read Micahel’s comments here.

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Trends And Challenges Of Solar Inverters

Solar Power World asked APS VP Michael Ludgate to weigh in on the trends and challenges of solar inverter technology for the online magazine’s recent series. Read Michael’s insights here.  http://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2014/05/trends-challenges-solar-inverters/
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Letting the sun shine in: Habitat for Humanity neighborhood gets solar panels

Blue Frog Solar and Habitat for Humanity have teamed up to bring solar to 32 new homes in Port Orchard (using APS Microinverters, of course!), and we get great coverage in the Kitsap Sun newspaper. Read the whole story here.

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APS America adds Andy Weber to technical support team

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May 6, 2014

SEATTLE — APS America has added Andy Weber to its team as Technical Support Engineer.

andy_weberWeber has extensive experience as a solar installer, with more than 50 installations in the Colorado market to his credit. He has also worked as a financial analyst in the solar industry, and holds a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies.

“Andy is a great addition to the APS team,” said Tommy VanCleave, Customer Service Manager for APS America. “We pride ourselves on our responsiveness to customers, and Andy’s expertise carries that mission forward.”

Weber said he was drawn by the advanced solar technology now offered by APS, including the flagship YC500 microinverter and the YC1000, the world’s first true 3-phase, 4-panel microinverter for commercial applications, due later in 2014.

“APS products are distinguishing themselves in the market and in the field, where it really counts,” he said. “It’s an exciting time to be joining the company and supporting these products.”

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

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

For information on APS solar microinverter projects, see www.apsamerica.com or email sales@apsamerica.com.